TAMPA – Big Cat Rescue staffers flew into town Tuesday with a 9-month-old bobcat kitten rescued from Rhode Island.
The kitten was at the center of a months-long legal battle that touched off after a Rhode Island vet seized him from someone who bought him from a backyard breeder.
It is illegal to have bobcats as pets in Rhode Island.
The cat’s owner went to court to get the cat back, but the state won. Now the bobcat will live at Big Cat Rescue for the rest of his life.
“Sadly, because Max was born in captivity as the result of a backyard breeding operation, he will never be able to live on his own in the wild as all bobcats should,” said Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin.
Max LOVES treats he gets during Operant Conditioning sessions.
Max does not hesitate to jump right into his pool.
May of 2013 a young bobcat named MaryAnn was rescued from Kansas with five other cats. Max spent the next few months watching the cute new bobcat from across the tour path. Max and MaryAnn the bobcats were two of our youngest residents and both have way too much energy for life in a cage, so we were hoping that they could be introduced. Having someone to play tag with could provide hours of entertainment and hopefuwould lead to a life long love affair that results in having someone warm to snuggle with, or to help stalk lizards as they age.
In early 2014 Max got a new roommate, that cute little MaryAnn. Now these two energetic young bobcats have someone to chase lizards and stalk birds with.
Max the Bobcat
Bobcat kitten gets new home in Tampa: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com
Updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 10:24 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 9:17 PM EDT
MAX the BOBCAT!!
Big Cat Rescue’s newest resident Max the bobcat is very playful! For full length HD videos of our cats, please visit:http://www.youtube.com/user/BigCatRescue