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article imageRescued cat adopts rescued newborn bobcats

By Stephanie Dearing     Apr 30, 2010 in World
Three newborn bobcats were found under a house slated for demolition in South Carolina, but the mother wouldn't accept them after people had handled them.
Columbia, SC - They were saved from certain death on April 22 by an unnamed person who found the kittens before the demolition of the abandoned house in Newberry County, but because their mom rejected them after they had been handled, the kittens were facing death all over again. Enter Zoe, an ordinary grey tabby cat. Well, Zoe seemed ordinary, until she took on the baby bobcats. Zoe is a rescue herself, and has two kittens. She immediately took on the three bobcats, said Carolina Wildlife Care, the organization now looking after both Zoe and her babies as well as the bobcat kittens. The Bobcats are so young, their eyes are still closed.
While it appears as if a solution has been found, Carolina Wildlife Care said the road ahead is complicated. "... It is a long journey costing thousands of dollars to get Teal, Odin and Bo back into their natural environment. The bobcats will require special food, care and special housing to ensure that they have the best possible chance for survival. The bobcats will be in rehabilitation anywhere between 12-18 months before being releasable, so we are asking for your help in making this journey possible."
The organization stressed that the most important thing is to ensure the kittens do not learn to like people, something that requires as little human interactions with the bobcats as possible. Joanna Weitzel, Executive Director of Carolina Wildlife Care told NPR, "If they lose their natural fear of humans, it's almost like a death sentence."
The organization hopes the wild kittens will learn important cat behaviour from Zoe in the four weeks they'll be together.
Bobcat kittens normally stay with their mother for the first 9 to 12 months.
Bobcats can be found throughout North America, and they are not believed to be an endangered species.
Carolina Wildlife Care is accepting donations to help with the expenses involved in saving the bobcat kittens.
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