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post #1 of 21
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Well, another day another animal. This time a woman hit an animal which dashed out in front of her. She managed to get it in her car and take it to the local vet, who immediately recognized it as a bobcat. From there it was sent to a special vet in Raleigh. She (the bobcat) was pretty badly hurt, with blood in her lungs and head injuries. There was initial concern that she might be brain damaged, but she seems to be doing well. We were called and, once again, frantically build a cage. (A crew started mid day Friday and finished last night.) The state Fish and Wildlife immediately sent over a permit when they were called (required for bobcats or cougars). (Fortunately we have an excellent relationship with them, normally these require some time to get.)

Seems she's very acclimated to people so apparently was an illegal pet that has either been dumped or escaped. Because of this she was clearly not an appropriate animal for release.

She arrived today and I understand she's doing well, though I haven't seen her myself. I may take a run out tomorrow, if so I'll try and post a picture. I have lined up a potential sponsor for her, or at least potential partial sponsor. He's scheduled to come out and see her next Sunday.

On another note, we also recently found sponsors for two of our youngest lion cubs.

George
post #2 of 21
Can you tell us her name?
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by mrsd
Can you tell us her name?
No name yet. We generally hold off to see if we can get a sponsor in a timely manner. If so, the sponsor will get to name her. (One of ths privileges of sponsorship.)
post #4 of 21
Aww I hope the bobcat recovers fully!

I am so happy you found sponsors for those two cubs! Yay!
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by CharmsDad
No name yet. We generally hold off to see if we can get a sponsor in a timely manner. If so, the sponsor will get to name her. (One of ths privileges of sponsorship.)
Ah, smart!
post #6 of 21
You have to give the lady who hit her a hand, many people do not pick up injured animals. I'm glad she did!

Hope little "Bobbie" recovers well. (That's what I'll call her until you have a name for her........if that's ok?)
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by CharmsDad
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Seems she's very acclimated to people so apparently was an illegal pet that has either been dumped or escaped. Because of this she was clearly not an appropriate animal for release.

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Have any efforts been made to find the illegal owner?

Spotz
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Spotz
Have any efforts been made to find the illegal owner?
I have not received any information about efforts to locate the previous owner, but I do know there have been no reports turned into either Fish and Wildlife or Animal Control in the county where the animal was hit.

As for the animal being illegal (your emphasis, not mine). All NC native species have restrictions on private ownership, including such things as squirrels and turtles. My rehab permit would allow me to take in a bobcat, but not keep one past 90 days.

I saw the girl today and got some more info on her. She was at the vet for three weeks and seemed to eventually get along quite well with one of the techs. She seems to have recovered well, but we'll continue to keep an eye on her. I took some pictures today, but have to get the film developed to see if they turned out (my digital is on it's last legs.)
post #9 of 21
Good luck I hope she makes a good recovery and I hope your sponcer works out well I look forward to reading more about her and seeing her pic's
post #10 of 21
I really admire the work you do for these cats. I hope she recovers nicely and be sponsored soon.
post #11 of 21
What do you mean by sponsor? Can anyone sponsor an animal or do they actually have to take them home with them? Becky
post #12 of 21
Too bad she wasn't micro-chipped....
post #13 of 21
Did you hear about the two tiger cubs found in Kings Mountain, North Carolina? The two girls were walking down the side of the road. The person at the facility one of the kittens are at tried to feed her HOT DOGS! Really, if they don't know what to feed them why take them in!!! I watched a video clip on AOL from CNN.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by zanniesmom
What do you mean by sponsor? Can anyone sponsor an animal or do they actually have to take them home with them? Becky
The sponsor provides monetary support for the animal. We actually use the term "adopt" though the person does not take the animal home and ownership of the animal does remain with the center. The adopting person generally gets naming rights and some other special privileges. We have levels of contact and strong restrictions with this regard, with safety a primary concern. I would expect this animal to be a mid level in our classification system, with contact restricted to trained personnel only. (Our big cats and wolves are on the top end, with no in cage contact allowed.)

Here's more info (the site needs a good bit of updating and not all the animals are listed):
http://www.conservatorscenter.org/an...onsorship.html

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Originally Posted by DragonLady
Did you hear about the two tiger cubs found in Kings Mountain, North Carolina?
Sure did, and I mentioned it in another post. Last year we also had a mauling in that general area when one family was allowing their teenage daughter to "play" with their tiger, though it was not close enough to be the same people. Not sure what is going to happen to these two at this point. I just heard about it last night and I don't have a lot of information as of yet, but do know there has not been a report of lost cubs.

On a bit of a side note: are you the same DragonLady that sells the really nice buttons on ebay?
post #15 of 21
Ahh, sorry to hear the little guy was hit, but will send good vibes for his good health. I think it's great too that she was able to bring it in to the vets...
post #16 of 21
No I only buy on E-Bay! lol
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by DragonLady
No I only buy on E-Bay! lol
Oh well, I got some really nice buttons from her before ("I love turtles" and "I love wolves"). I was thinking of contacting her about some custom ones, but haven't done it.

The tiger cubs are headed for permanent housing. The NC zoo, which normally doesn't keep tigers, has agreed to take care of them for up to 60 days while the enclosures are build at another sanctuary not to far from here.
post #18 of 21
Goodluck!! bobcats are so cool!
post #19 of 21
I wish her a lot of luck! I just read an interesting story about an orphaned lynx in the Czech Republic - a documentary is being made about how he adjusts to captivity - the AC people are trying to make people more sympathetic to wild lynxes, thus the film. I'll post updates as I get them, but you'll have to put up with my translations of the German translated from Czech.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by pussinboots13
Goodluck!! bobcats are so cool!
good luck!
post #21 of 21
CharmsDad - did you ever get time to upload the photos of the new bobcat? I would love to see her. I'll check in the photo section right now to see if I missed it. Thanks for sharing the story, your Center just is remarkable in the work they do.
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