We were right in the middle of doing an evening Facebook LIVE video when a call came in from Chris Scott of Raccoon Rescue in Milton (near Pensacola) Florida. A 100-acre burn had separated a mother bobcat from two of her kittens. We can’t know for sure, but really hope she was able to safely move the rest of her litter before conditions deteriorated to the point of having to abandon all hope for the last two boys. They were turned into the local rehabber, but she wasn’t familiar with hand rearing bobcats, so she went to the Internet to find out what she needed to do next.
Finding out that the “next” could be 18 months of intensive training to get these bobcats proficient in hunting, hiding from humans, and everything their mom would take a couple years teaching them. Meanwhile, their sharp little claws and teeth were shredding her hands and arms. Chris was delighted to find Big Cat Rescue and to hear that we would drive 6.5 hours each way to pick them up… even if it meant driving right into the path of Tropical Storm Alberto.
At first light, Jamie Veronica began the long drive. As she approached the panhandle of the state, so did the deadly tropical storm that killed two newsmen who were driving their news van when a tree fell on it and killed them both. Undeterred, Jamie sent back images of her watch warning her of flash flooding and the radar images of the dreaded cyclonic pattern that often results in full-blown hurricanes.