Bobbie (short for Bobigail) came to CARE in January of 2016 when her family, who had kept her as a pet since she was a baby, wanted to provide her with a more suitable home.
Bobbie and a sibling had been found as orphans when a rancher shot their mother. The rancher kept one of the bobcat kittens and gave the other away. Young Bobbie eventually came to be with the family that she would spend the next 4 years with. She spent the first part of her life in the house with the family and the family pets. Eventually she was housed in an outdoor enclosure.
Bobbie was loved and cared for, but a domestic home is no place for a wild cat. And, the family was unable to spend enough time with Bobbie and give her the interaction that she needed as a captive raised cat.
While Bobbie has only been at CARE a very short while, we have seen her sweet personality - she welcomes her CAREkeepers with chirps, trills, and rubs. We have also seen her wild side, she is an excellent hunter who is doing a tremendous job of keeping her enclosure mice-free! She has settled in far better than we ever expected, even being neighbors with some of the largest residents at CARE - several huge white tigers including the giant Kannapalli!
Right now, as she adjusts to her new home, she has her human CAREkeepers to interact with. But, eventually we would love to move her closer to Max and Mia - and maybe even in with them - so that she has other bobcats to keep her company.Read more
In mid-July, 2015 CARE took a little road-trip to pick up a new resident. Meet Max the bobcat!
Max's story is unfortunately a common one for young bobcats. His mother was shot and a game warden found him orphaned. He took him in, and then relocated him to a wildlife refuge. The refuge asked us if we could give him a permanent home. By this time he was too habituated to people to be rehabbed and released.
He arrived at CARE late at night and the next morning got a clean bill of health from Dr. Bill. Now it was time to see if he and Mia could be friends. With him being twice the size of our first bobcat rescue, we hoped that their youth would make the introduction go smoothly. We could not have asked for a better outcome, it was love at first sight! In their first few days together they spent their time cuddled up for naps, staying up all night long to play, and hanging out on their window perches and cat trees to watch the birds outside. Max is very protective of Mia, and Mia is in love with boy. They chat all the time, calling to each other with chirps and gurgles and comforting each other with the loudest purrs you will ever hear! It is a beautiful thing to see them with each other, knowing that despite their hardships in the early stages of life, they now have each other.
Right now they are taking advantage of the sun-room that was built for Araali and Zuberi. They get lots of sunshine, room to run and play, tons of toys, a snug den to sleep in, and giant cat trees to climb and look down at their CAREtakers from. We hope to have a permanent enclosure finished for them in the next month or so. Until then, Max has really settled in and both bobcats are doing so well it makes our hearts swell.Read more
We would like for you to help CARE welcome our newest resident, bobcat Mia!
On June 3rd, 2015, 9 year-old Carlos Perez and his family discovered the tiny kitten on a construction site. They did the right thing by waiting a day to see if the mother would come back for her kitten. Once she didn’t, they took her home and called us to see if we could take her in. Executive Director, Heidi Krahn, rushed to their home in Paradise, TX not knowing what to expect. Was she sick, injured, afraid or was it just a tabby kitten mistaken for a bobcat? When Heidi arrived, she knew it was definitely a bobcat, around 8-10 weeks old. She looked dehydrated, but other than that, healthy. Carlos had taken very good care of her, he had even built her a little “habitat” to stay in. The most surprising thing about the situation was that she was perfectly at home in the family’s arms. They were sad to see her go, especially young Carlos, but knew that it was the best thing for her.
The baby purred the whole way back to CARE. Initially, because of her complete lack of fear around people, Heidi thought she might have been a pet. But, certain behaviors made it seem more likely that she was separated from her mother. We think the separation occurred because of all the floods here in N. Texas. Carlos had asked if he could name her Mia, so we officially are calling her Mia de la Trinity in honor of the little boy who took care of her and the Trinity river that was responsible for much of the flooding in our area.
Unfortunately, because she bonded so quickly with the people who found her and is completely comfortable with anyone and everyone, we feel it too dangerous to try and rehab her and re-release her to live in the wild. Her disposition and lack of fear means she will likely always seek out people as a source of food and comfort. We will give her the best home we can though and we already adore her. She is bright and active and is already at home here.
*As a reminder, if you do find any wildlife, especially babies – please do not remove them from where they are. Often times, their mothers are nearby. If you notice that their mother has not come back, please do not pick them up! Wild animals can carry many diseases, and even brief contact with people can lead to them not having a chance of being rehabbed and released. Call local authorities or a rescue in your area who will know what to do next.Read more