A few days ago, we asked about “Animal Face-Offs”. No one mentioned “Alligator versus Bobcat” but maybe they should have…

From this story on

An alligator came within inches of catching a bobcat, on the edge of a retention pond in Tampa, but he just missed. A lucky resident with a camera snapped some amazing pictures of the encounter. Homeowner Bryan Peabody was behind his home when a Florida bobcat sitting on the pond’s edge caught his eye, so he grabbed his camera. Then all of a sudden the monster head of a 10-foot long gator pops out of the water. Peabody stood riveted and watched as the massive, gator emerged from the pond and with stealth, zeroed in on the cat, moving closer, closer, and closer.

According to the story (and the pics), the gator got within a whisker of the cat before some small noise tipped it off. Without seeing the pictures, I wouldn’t have guessed that anything could sneak up on a bobcat, much less a hulking, lumbering reptile like a gator out of the water, but apparently alligators are as sneaky on dry land as they are in the water. Anyone ever witnessed a gator stalk like this?