Ocelot ATTACK!
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Ocelot ATTACK!


– I’m Coyote Peterson,
and this is an ocelot. Hi, buddy, ah, jeeze,
bit me right in the face. (wild music) There’s an old saying that
things go bump in the night. And if you are out
exploring the darkness of Costa Rica’s most diverse
region, the Osa Peninsula, those things that go bump also stalk stealthily in the shadows. Just before they charge,
pounce and attack. Woah, that’s a wild ocelot. It’s just right here at my feet. Look at that, how cool is that? Fortunately for me, in the encounter you
are about to witness, I was about to become a playmate and not an item on the
rainforest nightly menu. Okay, so let me tell you
what we have going on here, this is really unique. Now, we’re out
night night herping, looking for reptiles
and amphibians, walking down the
trail, I literally stop and I’m shining my light
on this giant wolf spider. Biggest wolf spider
I’ve ever seen. And out of the darkness,
I hear (pitter patter) and boom, an ocelot just
zooms right past me. Now lemme see if I
can get her back. She likes my snake stick. (clacking) Wait for this. There she is. See that, she’s gonna
come right up here. Ah, ah, she’s attacking my arm. Where are you? Come here. There she is. Look what I’ve got in my hands, look at that ocelot. Hey, buddy. Wow, and she is a lot
heavier than you would think. Okay, can you stay
here for the scene? We can play with
the snake stick. She’s gonna be all over the
place while we’re filming. This is a wild cat, however
she is used to humans. She hangs out on this trail, we were told if you
walk this trail at night there’s a good chance
you will come across her. Let’s see, what else do I maybe
have for you to play with? Let’s see what we’ve
got in my pack. I’m sure there’s
something in here that a little ocelot would love. Oh, yeah, there we go. Took the pack off and
now she’s on my back. Maybe just the pack itself. Look at that. Oh yeah, wrestle with the pack? Wrestle with the pack, huh? Get it, get it. Look at that coloration. Now this cat blends so
perfectly into it’s environment, all this cryptic patterning
allows him to stay hidden in shadows as they’re moving
through all of this foliage. Come here. You come here for a second. I’m just gonna hold
on to you. (growl) Rawr, and take the risk
of a bite and a scratch. A paw to the face,
a paw to the face? How about a little
belly rub? (meow) Yeah, I hear you talking. You’ve got that pack? (meow) Can you see her face? Woah, look at that. Now this is just
like a big housecat. She’s only about
half grown right now, but look, she weighs
about 25 pounds. Oh, I see you, oh,
yeah, okay, oh, ah. Oh, she’s biting my ear. Oh, she bite, ow. Was that a kiss or a bite? Oh, you’re so cute,
you’re so cute, you are. Don’t go for my jugular, though. These cats are lethal
once fully grown and they can take down pretty
much anything that’s out here in the Costa Riccan rainforest. All they have to do is run,
leap, sink in those front claws and then a bite to the
jugular and she’s got a meal. Wooh, that was crazy. Kissed by an ocelot. Where’d you go? (rattling) There she is. And the pounce. – [Crewman] Woah, (mumbles)
got the cameraman. – [Coyote] Now she has
found the microphone. – [Crewman] No, no, no, uh oh. I think we need a new mic. – [Coyote] We just need one
for an ocelot to play with. – [Crewman] I knew it
was a matter of time. – I was expecting creepy
crawlies, not something as cute, woah, as an ocelot. Hey you, you’ve gotta
get that landing down, you know that? That’s what she does, she’s
been leaping, come here, from log to log and she
literally launches over the log. Oh, woah, “Let
go,” she says, oh. – [Crewman] So,
Coyote, is this rare? – This is probably
the most unique thing I have ever done with an animal. Ah, yeah, she’s got a
hold of me now, there. See, that’s what she’d want,
she’s going for the jugular, hopefully she just
doesn’t bite me hard, ah. Okay, alright, I’m
keeping my eyes closed, so I don’t take a
claw in the eyeball. That would be bad. Look at this. – [Crewman] Just
so everybody knows, this is not a captive animal. – No, this is a wild
ocelot, 100% wild right now. I would never recommend
you go out in the wild and ever try to get
this close to an ocelot because if it didn’t wanna play, it could really do
some serious damage. And she is just
loving me right now. You are just the most adorable
thing I think I’ve ever met. Wow, yeah, probably did a
number on my hat, didn’t you? Let’s see. – [Crewman] So is this a kitten? – This is a kitten, she’s
probably only a few months old and you can see those
paws, come here, let’s take a look at your paws. You see those paws right there? I see, yeah, you’re trying
to whack me in the face with those paws. Those paws are how
they climb so well through this
rainforest ecosystem. Is she behind me right now? – [Crewman] Yeah, you’re
probably gonna get pounced. – I feel like when I make
these sort of movements, that’s when she pounces. And that’s what they do,
they creep up really slowly, staying hidden, and then they see a sudden
movement like this, ah, and they do that,
a paw in the mouth, they go right for the neck,
or the head in this case, ah, jeeze, I just got
bit in the eye. And then they have their dinner. Ouch, oh, oh, she’s
licking my ear. That feels weird, I’ve never
had my ear licked before by an ocelot, first
time for everything. Ah, yep, that’s good she’s
training right there, she’s going for the
back of my neck. Hopefully she’s not gonna
inflict that death wound. Ow, ow, ow, ow, ahh. Yeah, okay, alright,
yes, you’re there. I see you, you’re so playful. Now if I was one of
her litter mates, this is exactly how
she’s be playing. You know, those claws are
sharp, the teeth are sharp, I’m getting slight little
itty bitty punctures here and there, but
nothing I can’t take. Not to be this close to such
a cool rainforest creature. I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you on
the next adventure. I’m sure it’s probably
pretty hard to believe what you’ve just witnessed. Coyote Peterson, pal-ing
around with a wild ocelot. But believe it or not,
it’s completely true. For nearly three
hours, this curious cat followed the crew and I
through the rainforest as we observed and
filmed her behaviorisms in a totally natural habitat. This sort of an encounter
with a wild animal is something one
can only dream of. And I feel incredibly fortunate to have shared these
moments in time with one truly special cat. If you thought hanging out
with an ocelot was cool, make sure to check out the scene where she tried to eat a crab. And don’t forget, subscribe
to join me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail. (nature sounds)

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