Rescuing An Injured Bobcat…

It is a gray snowy day, but the grayish feeling in my spirit is a little more pale today. I got up, got dressed and right out to the yard…. And there appears to be some snow on the pumpkin. Time to bring in my solar lights as I have had too much damage to the lights that get left out in the winter….


The snow is a heavy wet snow…The red maple leaves just seem to want to hang on despite the wind and snow. I admire that tenacity


On a different note my sister is a veterinarian who lives in Virginia. Lisa and her friend were driving home this morning when they saw a truck ahead of them hit an animal. When they stopped to help the animal, they realized that it was a young bobcat which  looks like this as an adult

bob cat photo credit to National Geographic

Bobcats are elusive and nocturnal, so they are rarely spotted by humans. Although they are seldom seen, they roam throughout much of North America and adapt well to such diverse habitats as forests, swamps, deserts, and even suburban areas.

Fierce hunters, bobcats can kill prey much bigger than themselves, but usually eat rabbits, birds, mice, squirrels, and other smaller game. The bobcat hunts by stealth, but delivers a deathblow with a leaping pounce that can cover 10 feet (3 meters).

In some areas, bobcats are still trapped for their soft, spotted fur. North American populations are believed to be quite large, with perhaps as many as one million cats in the United States alone.

My sister found the bobcat just sitting in the road with a broken leg until they tied to catch it when it “lead us on a merry chase through the brambles” until we could get a blanket on it. As my sister sat in the front seat of the car with this young bob cat, she realized that if it had a burst of energy, it wouldn’t be good to have it loose in the car. They took the cat to the animal clinic to get a cage and decided to give it an injection of steroid to help the shock which is a common problem in injured wildlife.

The shot turned the bobcat into the “cat from hell” and good thing they had a cage. A wildlife rescue group came to pick up the cat. I will be anxious to hear how it does. How lucky to be found by 2 veterinarians with good hearts.

20 thoughts on “Rescuing An Injured Bobcat…

  1. That certainly is not an easy animal to rescue. Nothing like a couple of kindhearted vets at a time like that. I do hope it’s leg heals quickly and it can be returned to it’s old territory. Looking forward to follow-ups on it’s condition.


  2. Oh how WONDERFUL…. So happy such loving and caring people were there, at that exact moment, to bravely snag and save this beautiful guy. Synchronicity at its best. Much ♥ towards his recovery and *safe* release amid our cars and development.


  3. Hope there is good news for this bobcat and kudos to your sister and her friend who were so brave to rescue it and have it loose in the car with them! We once saw a bobcat walk down our back driveway about 20 feet from where we were sitting on the deck. It stopped and looked at us and then went on its merry way. It was an incredible experience.


  4. Not many people would have stopped. Great story. I recently read that we are losing many bobcats here in Florida due to illegal trapping. It’s so sad to hear that.

    Love that snow with the pumpkin shot.


  5. HOLY BUCKETS! What an adventure. I cannot imagine seeing that and not stopping. But then again, what if the bobcat had freaked out inside the car. I hope we get follow up good news. 🙂


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