In a hilarious showdown between a bobcat and a dead rattlesnake, the bobcat showed an incredible amount of respect for the venomous snake, even though the snake was headless and harmless. Obviously the bobcat didn't know that and was being extremely careful as it confronted the once-dangerous reptile. Watch as the bobcat continues to paw at the snake and jump away as it believes the rattlesnake is fighting back, or is about to strike:

According to KSL.com in Utah, Chris Gibson, an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, was traveling between buildings on campus when he saw the encounter off the road on Colorow Way below the Colorow building in Research Park.

"I saw the bobcat, and then when I got out of the car to take some pictures, I noticed it was quite interested in a snake!" Gibson wrote in the YouTube description. "The snake was headless by the time I saw it, but this bobcat didn't seem to notice and wasn't taking chances."

The bobcat obviously had encountered rattlesnakes in the past. Just not one without a head.