A black-nosed Bobat
The following photo of a black-nosed bobcat was taken by Ben Willis.
Regarding the bobcat road-kill I discussed a few days ago, after having the
pelt returned from the taxidermist, I discovered something
I havent seen before. Most bobcats have a salmon colored nose and
a sort of plum colored foot pads. This particular animal has a black
nose and black pads. This may be more common than I think, but I
have never seen it before. The coat is typical bobcat pattern and
Ordinarily these characteristics wont vary in wild animals barring
melanism or crosses between species, or at least that has been my
I find it very interesting how much this cat resembles the
London Lynx. Only a few Bobcats share this dark spotted coat seen
here. As I had mentioned, this cat has a black nose and foot-pads.
I would be curious whether the London cat shared the same.
This is a picture of the head and face of the recent bobcat road-kill. Other than the thicker coat on Lara the lynx, the animals are almost identical. Of course the coats are seasonal. The darker, or black nose is what I was most interested in, and I see they share the same.
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