Meet rescued, orphaned bobcat kitten, Cooper
This bobcat, Cooper, was found in Palatka. Cooper is about 12 weeks old and is emaciated and covered in fleas and ticks. It appears his mom is gone and he was left to figure out survival on his own. Doing that inside a chicken coop got him busted. With your help we can restore his health and to his rightful place in the wild. He was found in Palatka, FL. The lady who called us asked if we would name him Cooper since he was found in her chicken coop.
You can tell he’s been on his own for a few days because he’s just exhausted and so skinny. Looks like he’s pretty dehydrated too, despite being on a little pond. He is VERY skinny and covered in fleas and ticks. The vet drew some blood and they will treat him for parasites. He’s going to be feeling a lot better in just a few hours, when the blood suckers start to fall off and die.
He will have a nest cam on him in the Recovery Hospital until he’s well enough to go out to the 4000 SF rehab cage.
July 25,2017 ; Cooper Visits the Vet
Cooper had an intake exam. He weighed 3.4 pounds. Blood was collected and sent to the lab. He was treated for fleas and ticks were removed from his face and ears. Cooper was also dehydrated and given sub q fluids. Over all he looks good, he just needs some time to grow up a little before being released. He is a feisty little guy.
Sad News: He has hookworms, so he has to stay inside until they were gone, or it will have contaminate the rehab area.
Check out the photos
Here is a video of the visit
July 28, 2017 ; Some snapshots
Viewer Susann Mesna sent in some snapshots of Cooper. See the photo gallery of Cooper, along with these snapshots here
July 31, 2017; Cooper the little Troublemaker
Cooper is a little trouble maker for sure. He’s constantly messing with the sheets that cover his cage, trying to get the camera, and making it difficult for his keepers to shift him. Hopefully he will be negative for parasites soon so he can go to the outdoor rehab enclosures where he will be much happier. This feisty attitude is great to see. He is already looking like he will have what it takes to be returned to the wild when he is old enough.
August 4, 2017; Cooper Cleared
HAPPY NEWS! Cooper has tested clear of the hookworms which means he can go outside to the rehab cage.
See the video here
August 5, 2017; Cooper's First Night Outside
Cooper’s first night outside went well. He hid, and investigated, , got brave, got scared, etc. Cooper is still in the smaller section of the rehab cage. Soon he will have access to the bigger cage. We need to watch him for a bit in the little cage, first. Here is a photo of him from this morning. Look about halfway down from the top and about a third of the way from the left to see him sitting on his platform.
Photo taken on the http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-bobcat-rehab-and-release cam by Deb Quimby
August 15, 2017; Cooper's Progress Outdoors
Afton put together some clips to recap Cooper’s progress when he went outside and testing his hunting ability. View the video
August 18, 2017; Cooper Explores
Big Cat Friend, Shawna Prested, captured a video of Cooper you just have to see. Note from Shawna: Cooper got a vaccine from Karma today, and then was given access to the biggest part of his enclosure yet. He was busy exploring before getting distracted by his dinner. He was so excited that he jumped too soon, but by practicing he will learn to hold still until his prey is too exposed to get away. He is still a little guy!
August 20, 2017 Updates
Check out these cool pics of Cooper in the rehab enclosure captured by explore.org watchers, along with two photos by Big Cat Friend Kristine Metzner who said:
Cooper was napping on top of the high platform, when he woke up, bathed a bit and then he climbed down off of the top of the platform. It was SO cute the way that he climbed off of there…I wish I had thought to record him. I did get these two photos, though. So adorable! <3
Big Cat Friend Matthew B got a couple cute night videos here and here of Cooper playing and climbing his platform.
Big Cat Friend Susann got some cute videos of Cooper, too:
Good Morning Cooper Video
Cooper Munching on Grass
Early Morning Cooper Cuteness
Bobcat 101: Up and Down the Platform
Big Cat Friend Nancy B. got a cute clip of Little Cooper playing with a rock. Here is a longer version on her YouTube channel.
August 24, 2017
Today’s bobcat rehab update is just some fun photos and videos taken by our big cat friends online using Cooper’s amazing Explore.org webcam.
Big Cat Friend Donna Morefield: Even though Cooper is already in rebab, this pic made the perfect Wanted poster, so I couldn’t resist!
Big Cat Friend Shawndi Lynn got a video clip this morning from Cooper’s web cam.
Big Cat Friend Matthew B got a cute clip of Cooper wandering around.
Big Cat Friend Susann caught some really adoable Cooper Cuteness as well:
August 30, 2017
Big Cat Friend Deb Quimby submitted this photo taken by Big Cat Friend, Robin Gable. This is Keeper Karma in a Ghille suit doing keeper tasks for little rehab bobcat kitten, Cooper. Notice the tongs in Keeper Karma’s hand. She is in there cleaning the cage and collecting poop. Cooper is safely locked out of this section while the cleaning is being done.
One of these trees is not like the other.
Note from Keeper Karma: Cooper is really not happy about being locked out of his large section while work is being done on it. He was sitting on one of his shelves in the small section barking and growling at me the whole time. Today I made him a special enrichment tube stuffed with small bags of catnip and cinnamon. They rattle when the tube is moved. I’m not sure if the camera is working on the small end, but I’m anxious to see if he pays any attention to it.
See the videos
September 1st thru 5th, 2017
Cool Gear featuring artist Emma’s Cooper inspired artwork has been added to CatRescue.biz. Here is the direct link: https://catrescue.myshopify.com/search?type=product&q=emma# Many items are available in a variety of colors.
Sept 10/11, 2017
Hurricane Irma is coming. Cooper was taken inside the Food Prep building where Gale stayed with the hospital cats, Babycakes and Cooper to ride out Hurricane Irma. The following two videos were taken just before he was moved inside.
The morning after Hurricane Irma at Big Cat Rescue . Putting little Cooper, the rehab bobcat back outside.
Watch the video here
December 30, 2017; Cooper purr-pares for Caturday.
Video of Cooper having a nice bath in the sun this morning as he purr-pares for Caturday.
January 3, 2018
Cooper has grown up to be such a handsome bobcat.