Bob­cat pays Christ­mas visit to Colch­ester County cou­ple

The News (New Glasgow) - - MARITIME LIFE - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN

Su­san Grue has seen a few wildlife crea­tures around her ru­ral Saints Rest home in the 19 years she’s lived there. But hav­ing a visit from a bob­cat on Christ­mas Day was cer­tainly a first.

“I was sit­ting here and my part­ner (Chris Bartlett) was in the porch and we heard like a thump­ing noise run across the deck, kinda loud, and we knew it wasn’t one of the house cats,” she said.

When Pratt opened the door, there was a bob­cat, right out­side on the deck, with a do­mes­ti­cated stray cat in its mouth.

“It had it right by the scruff of the neck,” she said. “As soon as he opened the door he dropped it.”

The bob­cat trot­ted away a short dis­tance and then stopped to look back be­fore saun­ter­ing off across the road to the neigh­bour’s drive­way, where it sat up on its haunches look­ing back at them.

Grue snapped a few pic­tures of the bob­cat and watched as it dis­ap­peared be­hind the house. About 15 min­utes later, she said, the wild cat re­turned, sniffed her door ledge and then sat down on her door mat.

He wasn’t too afraid,” she said. “He watched me for a few min­utes and then turned and walked off.

Grue then got her cell­phone and be­gan snap­ping more pic­tures.

“I got quite close to him and he just sat there look­ing at me. Maybe he was wait­ing for his din­ner,” she added, with a chuckle.

Grue said the bob­cat looked healthy and did not show signs of ag­gres­sion.

“It was quite ex­cit­ing, though. We were happy to see him,” she said.

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Su­san Grue and Chris Bartlett of Saints Rest, near Bass River, Colch­ester County were pleas­antly sur­prised to re­ceive a visit on Christ­mas Day from a bob­cat that came right up on their front deck.

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