UPDATE: Bobcat Kitten Rescued Last Year In Florida Released Back Into Wild
By Florida Fish and Wildlife // January 29, 2016
released back into the wild
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission happy to announce that a baby bobcat rescued by the FWC last year in Southwest Florida was released last week.
CROW – Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. and Big Cat Rescue helped rehabilitate the young bobcat, and on January 21 it made its return to the wild.
In May 2015, one of our panther biologists responded to a call about a possible Florida panther kitten found near a brush fire site in Lee County.
Our biologists eventually identified the animal as a bobcat, and after an examination biologists noticed some of the hair on its coat was singed and it had blisters on its feet from walking on the burned ground.
Overall the young bobcat was energetic and healthy, and a decision was made to leave the animal near where it was found in the hope that its mother would come back and find it.
The kitten was checked every morning and given water and milk replacement and had ointment placed on the blisters on his feet, but mother never came.
On June 1, an FWC panther biologist pulled the kitten from the wild. The six week old bobcat was taken to CROW on Sanibel Island, and after some time at CROW it was transported to Big Cat Rescue for extended rehab and care.
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