Two Canada lynx cats mock ‘head butt’ aggressively over territorial rights
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Canada lynx do mock aggressive head butt

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In this interesting video, two Canada lynx cats are in a close encounter standoff over territory – a home range.

What I love about the video is that they do a behaviour that looks like an aggressive, feline, mock head butt (as opposed to the friendly variant). It is like two horned animals facing off and about to lock horns in a dispute over a female for mating rights.

At the end they do touch heads and perform an aggressive head butt followed on one side by a slap.

The whole performance is in effect an argument to avoid a real fight which is to be avoided as it causes injury. Injury jeopardises survival. The vocalisation is the feline version of a human argument.

It is the first time that I have seen this feline aggressive, mock head butt as a performance tool in a standoff.

If these cats were a couple of guys they’d be shouting at each other over something or other and they’d be near the point where they fight.

This form of behavior is not referred to in probably the best and most comprehensive book on the wild cats: Wild Cats Of The World by Mel and Fiona Sunquist. It is a bit of a discovery by me and I love it.

P.S. I don’t like the silly commentary. It’s just the usual stupid human stuff. It disrespects the cats.

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Two Canada lynx cats mock ‘head butt’ aggressively over territorial rights — 1 Comment

  1. I love lynx, bobtails and snow leopards. These Canadian lynx are absolutely grand. I have never witnessed a territorial standoff between two male lynx. Their rugged stature conveys a majestic air that renders them aloof yet so dignified. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸΎπŸ—οΈ

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