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August 11, 2011

Bobcat Hit by Car on Road to Recovery

The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center gets an injured two-year-old bobcat on the right track

The Humane Society of the United States / The Fund for Animals

  • The two-year-old bobcat is up and moving around. Ali Crumpacker/The HSUS

  • The "easy patient" growls at her caretakers—a good sign. Ali Crumpacker/The HSUS

  • The bobcat can recover in this outdoor enclosure before being released. Ali Crumpacker/The HSUS

  • The outdoor enclosure has space to climb and rebuild her muscle strength. Ali Crumpacker/The HSUS

by Ali Crumpacker

On a recent Saturday morning in Corral Canyon, Calif., one unlucky bobcat lay on the side of the road, alive, injured, and waiting for someone to help her.

Finally, someone did. They called the volunteers at Emergency Animal Rescue, and the helpless cat was rushed to the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center for medical attention. She was too weak to stand up. Her face was swollen, and she had road rash along the entire side of her body. Miraculously, none of her bones were broken.

We estimated the bobcat to be two years old. She was on the thinner side, and she may have been using the roadside as an easy way to find prey who had been hit by cars—until she herself became the victim.

Our team provided her fluids, pain medication and antibiotics. We cleaned up her wounds, and within just a few hours, the bobcat was active and growling at her caretakers.

"She’s an easy patient,” says Wildlife Technician, Gina Taylor, RVT, “she stands guard when we enter her recovery room and moves to the opposite corner while we clean up and put down her new bedding. Because she’s up and active, we can assess her recovery without having to handle her and cause her any extra stress.”

Within just a few hours, the bobcat was active and growling at her caretakers.

Just one week after she arrived, you would never know this animal had been found near death on the side of the road. While she is still very thin, the road rash is covered by her well groomed fur coat and there is no longer any obvious swelling. She’ll be allowed to put on more weight. We've also moved her to an outdoor enclosure to recondition her leg muscles so she can run and climb before being released. She’ll be returned to Corral Canyon, but further away from the road. 

Hopefully this time she’ll select a feeding ground that doesn’t involve any vehicles. (Learn more about wildlife and roads.)

Ali Crumpacker is the Director of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Centerin Ramona, Calif.—one of the six animal care centers operated by The Fund for Animals and The Humane Society of the United States.

 

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