Pia and Venkman Rehab Bobcats
Born: Approx: December 2020
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue: May 19,2021
Released back to the wild:
This morning we took in two more bobcats! Two 6 month old kittens who were found covered in mange in South Florida. The Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida originally rescued the pair and gave them initial treatment. At the moment they are amid a big move to a new property and are building some very nice enclosures. During the transition they needed a hand with placing these two somewhere to continue their rehabilitation and we gladly offered to help. They will be housed in quarantine in the Rehab Hospital until the mange clears up. Otherwise they are vibrant and very feisty!
June 1, 2021 The most asked question lately is why there hasn’t been any updates about the two older bobcat rescues…. that’s because there really hasn’t been anything to say! However- they do have names! Pia is the protector and the first to lunge at you and the first to eat. Venkman has the most healing to do but loves to eat and loves to talk! They are still in the rehab hospital on strict quarantine but are doing well and both have shown improvement with the Mange they came in with. They love to eat and love to be destructive.
June 15, 2021 Pia and Venkman went outside today. Their mange is healed and now they need to regain their strength and we need to evaluate their ability to catch prey before being released back to the wild in a few weeks.
Searching for our rehab bobcats each day is a challenge!
July 1, 2021 Pia and Venkman were vaccinated for rabies.
Pia and Venkman may be collared by the FWC in order to track them to see what can be learned about the disease that is killing so many of the bobcats and Florida Panthers. They will stay with us a little longer than usual so they can grow more before being released back to the wild to be studied by the FWC
July 21, 2021 Congratulations it’s a girl! Times two. Pia and Venkman were never sedated prior to their arrival or while under our care so we were unsure if they were male or female. Today they were both captured and examined and both turned out to be girls!
Wild bobcats come to Big Cat Rescue for two reasons:
Injuries such as having been hit by cars or disease, illness, birth defects.
Kittens that have been separated from their mothers or orphaned and are too young to survive in the wild.
Upon arrival, the cats receive a full exam and given whatever medical care is needed for their injuries or illness. Blood is drawn and tested for infectious diseases. They are vaccinated, dewormed, and flea treated.
Injured cats are given the time and supportive care they need to heal. They must prove they can hunt and survive before being released. Our six rehab pens are 230 feet long by 20 feet wide giving the cats 4600 square feet of natural space to learn their skills.
When possible kittens are given a domestic surrogate mother. When a surrogate is not available the kittens are bottle fed but weaned from the bottle as soon as possible. They are then raised with as little human contact as possible and given opportunities to learn to hunt.
Rehabbing and releasing bobcats is much more difficult than the rehabilitation of most wildlife. These magnificent little wildcats need every opportunity to fulfill their role in nature and Big Cat Rescue is here to give them that second chance.
While we do bobcat rescue, rehab and release in Florida, we will not relocate bobcats as state law requires that they are released very near where they were captured. They must be released on at least 40 acres and we must get written permission from the owner/manager of the property.
Big Cat Rescue has decades of experience rehabbing and releasing bobcats back to the wild where they belong. We provide huge, naturalistic enclosures where these cats can learn or perfect their hunting skills before being released back to the wild. We have trained staff who are experts at capturing an injured bobcat or hand-rearing orphaned bobcats until a surrogate can be found.
We go to great lengths to keep these wild cats from imprinting on humans and monitor their care via surveillance cameras to make sure they are thriving. When they are healed, or old enough for release (about 18 months of age) we find the best habitat possible for sustaining them and set them free to live out the life that nature intended.
Support The Bobcat Rehab Program
Will YOU Help us Rehab & Release more wild bobcats?
This rehab and release program is made possible by donations from friends like you. Your donation is tax deductible.
Did You Know? Here at Big Cat Rescue, literally 100% of your donations are spent directly FOR THE CATS!!! We are able to adhere to that strict policy because the other sanctuary expenses, administrative expenses, salaries etc come out of tour fees and other sources of income. We are extremely serious about donations being used JUST FOR THE CATS!
Because of adhering to that strict policy regarding donations, and all of the other ways Big Cat Rescue is transparent in our operations, we have earned Charity Navigator‘s highest 4-star rating for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency” EVERY YEAR since we were first evaluated by them in 2010. CharityNavigator.org
Donate towards the rehabilitation and care of a native Florida bobcat at Big Cat Rescue. Donors who contribute $500 and up to support the bobcats will receive a beautiful ceramic tile with a color image of the most recent rehab bobcat and the donor name that will be displayed in the tour waiting area for a year and then permanently installed at the sanctuary.
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Bobcat Rehab Gear
You can find shirts, tote bags, mugs, necklaces, mousepads and so many more fun items featuring Rehab Bobcats in our online gift shops. Go to reach gift shop linked below and search “Rehab bobcat.” Your PURRchases of Rehab bobcat Gear helps us provide for all the cats at Big Cat Rescue and work toward ending the abuse and exploitation of big cats.
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