When two lynx met up on a dirt road in Ontario, Canada, they had a long “conversation” about something, but no one is really sure what.
Edward Trist, who lives off the grid in Ontario, was on his way to go fishing with his daughter and girlfriend when they came across the two big cats screaming—yes, screaming—at each other in the road.
“They didn’t move, which was really odd,” Trist told Global News. “We got out and started filming it … What we caught on camera is very, very rare to catch.”
The Facebook video, posted by his girlfriend Nicole Lewis, has now garnered nearly 10 million views. Trist shot another video simultaneously that’s also racked up nearly 6 million views.
“I think it could be the beginning of a mating ritual, because despite the cursing they are also head-butting, which is a friendly greeting,” Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, told BuzzFeed News. “It could also be a nearly grown kitten of the mom saying, ‘Remember when we used to go hunting together?’ And she’s telling him there’s no free lunch anymore.”
Steve Boutin, a biology professor at the University of Alberta, said that while the animals aren’t really territorial, this is typical behavior when two lynx meet by chance in the woods.
“It’s fairly rare, but you do in fact hear them,” Boutin told the BBC News.“I don’t think they actually come together and fight very often with actually engaging each other, but this ritualized behavior goes on for a while and then one finally backs down and they move off.”
Regardless of what the giant cats are actually going on about, people on social media were fascinated with the interaction.
I asked a zoologist who researches lynx whether that video of them making human noises is real.
Folks, seems like it is. Enjoy it at will. pic.twitter.com/Tlzd5bWCNd
Join our list
Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.
More from Animals
A crow has been filmed greeting tourists by asking them “Y’alright love?” in a Yorkshire accent… and you really need …
Cats may have the stigma in which they’re not too friendly towards humans, but this video proves otherwise. We see numerous …
Poaching is a common practice all over the world. Poachers head to forests in the quest of poaching animals. They …
Loggers working cutting down trees were shocked when they came across something very unusual inside a tree. They found a …
Wealthy Bristol residents cause uproar by installing ‘anti-bird spikes’ to stop droppings hitting expensive cars
Wealthy residents have attached ‘anti-bird spikes’ to trees in a bid to protect their expensive cars from droppings, outraging environmentalists. The …