A fascinating video find from the Florida Keys shows a domestic cat defying the odds to narrowly escape an alligator’s jaws of death.
Infrared footage, shot from a camera trap in the National Key Deer Wildlife Refuge, caught the encounter on film. The video shows the feline cautiously tiptoeing towards the outskirts of the camera’s frame, when suddenly leaves rustle and the alligator — estimated to be nearly 2 meters long — lunges.
Don’t worry — the cat, however, is a beast with fast-acting reflexes. It gets away in a mad scramble familiar to all cat lovers.
“I love the cameras, because we get to see what the animals are doing when we’re not around,” Alyssa Johnson, who interns at the refuge and installed the remotely operated camera, told Live Science in an interview about the footage.