Florida Cat or What Steve Did During Cole’s Florida Vacation

Who’s a good kitty?

WFLA News Channel 8 take it away!

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A screened-in patio in Florida became the setting for a nature documentary about a squirrel’s tale of survival.

A video, taken by Michelle Kloese at her home in Punta Gorda Sunday morning, shows a bobcat hunting a squirrel on top of her patio.

“Woke up to a bobcat chasing a squirrel on our lanai screen!” Kloese said in a caption for the video, which she shared on Facebook.

Kloese said she watched the squirrel leap off of the screen and onto the ground, then the bobcat followed it up a tree.

She told News Channel 8 the squirrel is still alive and was last seen crawling across her pool cage around 6 p.m. Sunday night.

There is currently no word on the moose that is regularly seen hanging out with the squirrel.

Better hunting next time!

I’m just amazed that the screens over the pool didn’t give way.

Open thread!

(hat tip: TaMara the Food Goddess)

81 replies
  1. 1
    RepubAnon says:

    However, Boris and Natasha were later seen coaching the bobcat.

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    The Dangerman says:

    There is currently no word on the moose that is regularly seen hanging out with the squirrel.

    Boris and Natasha probably busy with their man at Mar-a-Lardass.

    ETA: So, only movie I saw that’s been nominated was “Free Solo”, which was a lot of fun for this Central Cal person.

    ETA2: Meaning, Oscars may be really boring for me this year, unless DeNiro comes out to tell someone to Fuck Off.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @The Dangerman: Other side of the state.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @The Dangerman: Is that the documentary about how they got Han out of the carbonite?

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    Mom Cat update: We’ve been talking with Alley Cat Allies and we are going to move Mom Cat and Gray Mom with us. They’ll be living in a special-made cat enclosure for at least 4 weeks (they’ll have a window) and then we can let them have access to the outside via a cat door. thank you for all the offers to help. More details to come.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @CliosFanBoy: Excellent.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    …how they got Han out of the carbonite?

    Didn’t that involve dinner utensils (use the Forks, Luke).

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I think she (I assume) is keeping an eye on you.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I haven’t seen a single movie this year, so it’s episode 6 of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice for me.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Wow. Way cool. Thanks.

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    zhena gogolia says:



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    MagdaInBlack says:

    I discovered a pint of Haagen-Daz Pistachio in the freezer and the squirrel escaped ☺️
    It’s a good night ! Tho a wee bit gusty in Chicago.
    *nice shot of the ear spots, near the end of that clip.

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    pluky says:

    I had a ginger tabby tom that would do that. Always got a kick out of the squirrels’ reaction when, thinking they were safe up a tree, to look behind on the limb to see Agni in hot pursuit.

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    FelonyGovt says:

    My husband and I may be the only people in Southern California who aren’t interested in watching the Oscars.

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    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    I think she (I assume)

    Your assumption is correct from what the bird watch folk there said.

    is keeping an eye on you.

    Probably a good guess.

    @Lapassionara: One of the guys in the local photo group posted a pic with one eagle flying away from the next a few days ago. The group leader sent me a text this morning about going there to photograph, so I did. The only problem with the location is a branch that sticks up making the view hit and miss.

    @zhena gogolia: I was surprised that there were any nests in the San Gabriels(I know there’s some on Catalina Island).

    Thanks all, I’m going to try again in the next few days and hope to get some better pics.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @The Dangerman: I think they used a comb.

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    Achrachno says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Surely not in Glendale?

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    @FelonyGovt: so long as you pull down the window shades and do it in private it’s nobody else’s business…

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    Yarrow says:

    I’d forgotten about the Oscars. Seems like kind of a debacle with the no host situation and then saying some awards would be during commercials and then going back on that. I haven’t seen any movies so it would be mostly people watching for me.

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    sgrAstar says:

    That bobcat is a beautiful animal. It definitely had no problem with the “visual cliff” issue we learned about in developmental psych. :)

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    Yarrow says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Very cool photo.

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    dww44 says:

    @zhena gogolia: That’s what I’m watching as well.

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    Raven says:

    Well shit, we burned through the last Russian Doll and Kominsky Method and would have done True Detective but our Amazon HBO didn’t have it yet! “Alone Again Or, still rocks.

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    Brachiator says:

    Too bad the show got swallowed by controversy. A lot of great movies last year.

    Yeah for Regina King, Best Supporting Actress, If Beale Street Could Talk

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Thank you for sharing that amazing pic.

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    Achrachno says:

    Is that bobcat ear tagged, or do FL bobcats just have white spots on their ears?

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    jacy says:

    Helen Mirren looks like she wants to lick Jason Mamoa like an ice cream cone. Not that I blame her.

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    trollhattan says:

    Acme(tm) Bobcat fail.

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    Brachiator says:

    @The Dangerman: Free Solo just won an Oscar

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Yarrow: I didn’t realize they were on until I started reading this thread.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @jacy: Clearly nothing wrong with her vision. I certainly understand.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    You made me laugh 😄
    He is some hotness, isn’t he ✨

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    The Dangerman says:

    And Free Solo with the upset (and the star of the film. Honnold, gets short changed, but that’s OK).

    Fun film. I want to see “The Dawn Wall” now (also Yosemite).

    ETA: Well, that’s it for me; only film I saw, so I can call it a night.

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    eclare says:

    @Brachiator: I’m terrified of heights and don’t think I could watch it. Just the thought of what he did makes me shake.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Brachiator: Regina King did amazing TV work on ‘Seven Seconds’ and ‘American Crime’ last year.

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    NYCMT says:

    Can’t care too much about the Oscars, because it has been a rough week. On Monday my second cousin was shot to death by her boyfriend in Boca Raton – a murder/suicide. On Tuesday night I found out one of my oldest friends from college, one of the warmest women I have ever known, who had been having a rough decade and was just getting back on her feet, had a severe thalamic hemorrhage and has been bedbound, dysphagia, aphasic, agraphic, and severely hemiparetic for two months – and the reason I had not heard was because her friends in Vermont shut her phone off, and I knew that she had had issues paying her bill before. She’s forty-four, a social worker and a massage therapist, and she walked half the Appalachian Trail in 2015. Like a thunderbolt she was struck down.

    Really feeling mortal tonight.

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    jacy says:

    Yay Black Panther for costume design! But, damn, if i thought I had any chance of walking up to accept an Oscar, I would NOT wear a dress with a train.

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    debbie says:



    I still haven’t recovered from his Dothraki speech.

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    Brachiator says:


    I’m terrified of heights and don’t think I could watch it. Just the thought of what he did makes me shake.

    UK critic Mark Kermode and his radio host Simon Mayo noted that just watching the film made them feel nervous. They also feared for the climber even though they knew he succeeded.

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    debbie says:


    I thought so too.

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    @NYCMT: Oh lord. That is terrible. Strength to your friend and you too.

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    eclare says:

    @NYCMT: Oh how awful. Her friends shut her phone off just when she needed it most?

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    Brachiator says:

    Take care of yourself. Maybe it’s shallow, but pleasant diversion might help.

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    gwangung says:

    Spent part of the pre-Oscars ogling the CRAZY RICH ASIANS cast: Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan and Henry Golding. (I’m straight, but…damn, boy!)

    Michelle, of course, is empress. Gemma (who is the gal pal you have a secret crush on but tolerates it because she trusts you not to be an ass) continued her style train of dresses with long trains AND POCKETS.

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    The Dangerman says:


    I’m terrified of heights and don’t think I could watch it. Just the thought of what he did makes me shake.

    I’m NOT terrified of heights (claustrophobia, yes, so you’ll never see me spelunking) and I almost blew chunks (saw it in an Imax).

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    eclare says:

    @gwangung: Michelle’s look was perfect.

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    gwangung says:

    @eclare: She can slay you with her moves, or she can slay you with her style.

    And be white glove clean about it.

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    eclare says:

    @The Dangerman: Thanks, I think I will skip it then.

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    Brachiator says:

    Black Panther cleaning up on the tech awards


    Michelle, of course, is empress. Gemma (who is the gal pal you have a secret crush on but tolerates it because she trusts you not to be an ass) continued her style train of dresses with long trains AND POCKETS.

    I knew Gemma mainly from the tv show Humans, but have long admired Michelle Yeoh, from all the Hong Kong movies I rented.

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    FelonyGovt says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: That’s spectacular.

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    @Achrachno: Just above the San Gabriel Dam(upper dam on the San Gabriel).

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: Thanks.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @NYCMT: well, shit. I’m at the Mayo Clinic and it’s not as depressing as that. Hang in there.

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    @FelonyGovt: Thanks, I got a couple of shot(some even in focus) of the eagle up and feeding the eaglets, but there’s a tree branch in all the shots. The quest continues. I’ll get the perfect shot, they apparently have been nesting there for a while.

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    ThresherK says:

    My wife and I saw The Favourite last night. It’s like Dangerous Liasons meets All About Eve. Recommended highly.

    Also, Diane Warren got a Best Song nom? Spare me.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @NYCMT: I saw that reporting. My sincerest condolences.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I think Michelle Yeoh and I are the only Malaysians famous to the jackaltariat.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Amir Khalid: And the people that own the restaurant I go to every couple of weeks.

    And the guy in the dojo in New York.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Amir Khalid: Jimmy Choo!

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    geg6 says:

    Bohemian Fucking Rhapsody, FTW. All the big sound awards, as it should be. Most fun I’ve had watching a movie in twenty years, at least. And the sound and music the best I’ve ever experienced in a theater experience, hands down.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I think Michelle Yeoh and I are the only Malaysians famous to the jackaltariat.

    You both have done great stunt work in Jackie Chan movies.

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    Michael Windbigler says:

    Bobcats don’t play.

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    geg6 says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Yep. Until I got to cyber-know Amir that was the only Malaysian I could name. Still have no idea who Michelle Yeoh is. Guess I’ll have research that.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @NYCMT: I have no words; no are adequate. Holding you and your friend in the light, along with your extended family.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @NYCMT: Oh my, I am not sure there are words — those are two huge, unthinkably sad earthquakes. Maybe even harder because of the distances involved.

    Is there anything you can do to support your cousin’s family or your hospitalized friend? I’m thinking that taking action might help you feel a little less “mortal.”

    Wishing you strength and comfort…

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    debbie says:


    Check out Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Steve in the ATL: At Mayo for your wife? Here’s hoping
    she finds a doctor who is inspired, committed, open-minded, and well-read in the medical literature.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Just in case there’s a subsection for other raptors:

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    NYCMT says:

    J and B had the funeral today for L in Florida – I guess we’ll make a condolence call on L’s sisters next weekend. L’s kids are furious about the virality of this on social media. I hope the DV charity raised some money.

    We’ll visit C. In Montpelier when we go up for a cousin’s birthday in Burlington in April. Her guardians have said she can’t benefit from any gifts, and that they will read cards and letters to her, but she has not shown much awareness or memory. She was a very good friend to me 25 years ago when my father also had a hemorrhagic stroke – a much less severe one – and the fact that I’m so far away, and so powerless to affect her. That’s depressing.

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    The Lodger says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Gesundheit.

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    NYCMT says:

    @Adam L Silverman: J, who was on that palm beach broadcast, is my dad’s cousin, and would come to visit Opa’s chicken farm from Washington Heights every summer. Very hard to reconcile the violence of a gun murder with the facts of my background and the life he built for himself and his daughters life.

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    NYCMT says:

    @Steve in the ATL: a speedy and complete recovery from illness and may happiness come to you and yours. Hospitals are hard places to wait in.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Ohio Mom: yes and thank you!

    @The Lodger: lol

    Steve in DUVAL! buying Blake Bortles jerseys on clearance

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @NYCMT: grazie!

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    NYCMT says:

    @eclare: she can’t use it, apparently.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @NYCMT: I understand. From my own personal experiences with adjacent types of things, I cannot express condolences for you and your family in strong enough terms. We’re keeping you all in our thoughts. If you all need anything, send up a flare.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Steve in the ATL:
    Jho Low! Fat Leonard! Najib Tun Razak!

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    eclare says:

    @NYCMT: Oh, just saw your other post, again, so sorry about what happened last week. Strength to your family.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Amir Khalid: Jho Low on the lam.

    I’ll see myself out.

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