In May 2021, it started raining baby bobcats with six, yes SIX, bobcat kittens arriving within 48 hours of each other! On May 4th we answered a call about a bobcat who had been hit by a car and died while the caller was still on the phone with us. She was 3 hours away, so we alerted the Florida Wildlife Commission about the bobcat so they could test her for FLM (a disease that is wiping out the fragile Florida Panther population and bobcats all over the state). During the necropsy they discovered she had been nursing kittens and the search was on!
Thirteen days later, Wild Florida Rescue got a tip and found Lily, Denali & Ambrose. How the kittens survived thirteen days without their mother is a mystery. Wild Florida Rescue rushed the starving, dehydrated babies to their vet for emergency overnight care. They then called Big Cat Rescue asking if we would continue their intensive care and, if they survived, their rehab for release back to the wild.
But it did not stop there! Baby bobcat Cahiha had been orphaned in another unrelated situation and is a little older than Lily, Denali & Ambrose. Heather, Chystene, and Zeus, of Wild Florida Rescue learned of this lone bobcat kitten and everyone agreed it would be best if she could be raised with or near the other three. They drove across the state to deliver all four to our onsite Bobcat Rehab Hospital where they were checked by the vet and started the long road to recovery. And then, within 48 hours, we received yet another bobcat call about two six-month old mange covered siblings, Pia &; Venkman. Ewww! If you’ve NEVER experienced scabies, count yourself lucky. Just the sight of it and we all start scratching! When your pet contracts mange, you can wash them and treat them internally. But bobcats in the bath? No way! It will take a little longer and we will have to monitor their recovery to be sure there is no relapse. But they have an excellent shot at going free one day soon. Your generous donations continue to fund our important rescue and rehab program for Florida native wild bobcats, so thank you!
June 23, 2021 Rehab bobcat exam today. Cahira was swabbed to test for calicivirus.
She is almost done with her course of medications and the ulcers in her mouth have healed.
Her x rays of her lungs looked good as well.
July 15, 2021 Cahira and Byrdie were introduced in the late afternoon. So far so good.
Cahira is really excited to have a playmate again! Byrdie is also very intrigued by her new roomy. BigCatRescue.org/Byrdie
July 21, 2021 Cahira was noted by Keeper Karma to be squinting and not wanting to come out of her den. The area around the eye is very puffy and the eyelids themselves are nearly swollen shut. She was captured and moved back indoors where she will be monitored and has started a course of medication including antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, and pain medication. We are unsure if she was scratched in the eye by her playmate Byrdie, by her live prey, by a stick or something as she was running thru the enclosure or if she was stung by wasps. While indoors she will get 8 ounces of mush a.m. and p.m. with her meds in the food.
July 29, 2021 UPDATE ON CAHIRA the REHAB BOBCAT
Cahira’s eye looks much better so she was moved back outside and we will continue to monitor. She is separated from Byrdie for today but will have full access tomorrow.
August 1, 2021 Byrdie and Cahira- girl talk in Bobcat Rehab
Cahira doing bobcat things in rehab!