Thursday, May 31, 2018

"Wild Bobcat in my House": what we learn by communicating with a wild animal

Wild Bobcat in My House indeed ends with the cat playing with the family dog.

Bobcats, even raised from kittenhood, become wild animals.  They need zoo-like (or preferably acres of) natural man-free space to hunt in. They cannot become reliable indoor pets.   Nevertheless, it appears that, when living free, they remember humans who treated them well and will return for visits.

In this very short video from Vancouver, WA, this bobcat returns and greets a young man he remembers before going off.   But he wants the man to accompany him and learn how to hunt. 

Likewise, in a short video linked on the Feb 5 posting, Benji shows his “love” for a teen boy, perhaps 14.  The cat is marking the boy as part of his “pride”.  This can be dangerous to the boy if the cat gets careless.  But the cat wants the boy to go out and learn to hunt and survive on what he can catch.  The cat is the ultimate “doomsday prepper”.  The cat believes he is superior to the humans in his world because he (Benji) can survive by himself, and humans ought to do the same.
It would seem that for a teen, this is indeed a valuable, character-building “life lesson”, to communicate with a wild creature of high individual consciousness and problem solving ability, but whose view of the world is very difficult from a human’s.  Cats are both like us and different from us, but at the top of their own food chain.   Young adults who have learned these kinds of communication skills early tend to do very well in life.

The cat apparently understands that humans, like them, grow from infancy to adulthood and that it takes longer for humans to grow up than it takes them. 

Update: June 1

 Apparently the state (PA) forced the owners to give up Benji, QA video. 

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