Only in Arizona: Bobcats clinging to a saguaro cactus caught on digital camera


Mindy King was having fun with a hike together with her dad earlier this week in Apache Junction, Arizona, after they noticed a uncommon sight: two bobcats clung to the aspect of a saguaro cactus. 

King and her dad on the morning of Sept. 16 have been on a path near Goldfield Mountains after they stumbled upon the bobcats. They each stood in awe for a number of minutes and snapped some images because the cats nestled into one of many arms of the cactus. 

“At first, obviously, it was exciting to see them but then I kind of realized, ‘Oh, they’re up there for a reason,’ ” King instructed The Arizona Republic, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network. “So then it was like, ‘OK, maybe we should move along.'”

King later submitted her images and video of the bobcats to Fox 10 in Phoenix, which the Arizona Game and Fish Department later shared on Twitter. 

“It might not be the comfiest place, but a saguaro makes great protection from the threats! (And really cool photos!),” the tweet stated. 

King stated she grew up in Gilbert, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, and has lived in Tucson for the previous 10 years. Her mother and father now stay in Apache Junction, which can also be a Phoenix suburb, she stated. 

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