Animals may have ways to live and survive by themselves, but there are just moments that they would need people’s help. Just like when it comes to cats and dogs being rescued, some of them are not exactly in a safe environment or and ideal place to be in.
Every now in then, there are people who rescues animals, especially on the road. Then again, there are also moments that some animals may seem like what they are, until people realize they are actually not.
A rescued stray kitten turned out to not be what the finder expected. Join us in welcoming our first bobcat kitten of the summer! Due to the location found (a car lot in a busy setting) and the fact that it was alone overnight, we determined the risk to her health in attempting a reunite wasn't as important as getting her into care. She'll spend a few days here stabilizing then we'll transfer her to another rehabber who works with bobcats. She'll eventually return to the wild. In the meantime… Enjoy! #notapet #wildliferehab #wildlife #wildlifehospital #keepthemwild
Rescue Kitten Turns Out To Be A Bobcat
It seemed just like an ordinary day in Minnesota when all of a sudden an unnamed man heard a cry of a kitten when he was at a local parking lot. He decided to take it home after feeling bad for it, however, it took him a little while to realize that its cries are actually different to a cat.
The man then checked its paws, which turned out to be bigger than a normal kitten’s paw, and that’s when he suspected that it wasn’t just a domestic kitten. Based on a report from WCCO CBS Minnesota, the man turned the supposed kitten over to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, wherein they actually confirmed that it wasn’t just a domestic kitten, but is actually a bobcat kitten.
In an Instagram post, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center said that the man brought the said bobcat to them just a day after he found it, they also confirmed that the kitten is in good health other than the fact that it was dehydrated.
Man rescued bobcat kitten thinking it was a domestic cat
They also said that the kitten had to stay with them for a couple of days to make sure it is perfectly healthy and is no longer dehydrated, and after that, they will then transfer it to another rehabilitation center who actually works with bobcats so that it would have the proper care that it needs in an environment that it’s comfortable with. This is the first time that they have gotten a bobcat kitten this summer, and there might be more to come especially if more and more people are kind enough of to rescue them if they find some.
This is actually not the very first time that someone has mistaken a bobcat from a domestic cat, just a month ago, a woman from Texas named Jane Dinscore, found not just one but two bobcat kittens and took them under their care.
She made headlines when she revealed that she has reached two kittens from an alleyway. However, she later changed her story and said that it was actually her brother and not her, who found them in his property, making her incredibly suspicious. Believing they were just the ordinary domestic kittens, she got in touch with San Antonio’s Animal Care Services, because they are starting to becoming more aggressive and are ripping up the milk bottles.
This is when the animal care workers started to realize that they were actually bobcats and not kittens. Because of the fact that she didn’t turn them in early, the Bobcats died from feline parvovirus which is a highly contagious disease that could immediately kill poor young animals. Dinsmore then received a criminal citation from the local police district, but it wasn’t exactly revealed as to what was it specifically for.
Cats VS Bobcats
After numerous incidents of bobcat kittens being mistaken as the regular domestic kittens, more and more people are getting curious as to what exactly are the differences between the two. According to animal experts from National Park Service, bobcats have a distinctive spotted coat, however, it is indeed very difficult to identify a baby bobcat to a baby cat, especially if they are under four weeks.
Bobcat kittens usually have beautiful blue eyes that slowly changes as they grow every week. The regular domestic kittens tend to have eyes that are almond-shaped and their heads are more oval looking compared to bobcats who have rounded eyes and heads. Experts say that it is best to leave bobcat kittens by themselves and stay far away from them, since it is natural for their mothers to leave them be to go and hunt for some food, they don’t exactly need rescuing.
Another reason is that the mother may not return to its bobcat kittens if there are people in the area.