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
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.