House Cat Nurses Newborn Bobcats

A house cat in Florida named Bobbi had six kittens and then nursed two other kittens for an animal shelter. Her latest assignment: three bobcat kittens!

The baby bobcats — two females named Midnight and Rain, plus a male, Storm — will be fed by Bobbi for up to four weeks, Big Cat Rescue president Jamie Veronica said. The kittens were given those names because "we drove through a midnight rain storm to get them," Veronica said. A hunter brought the kittens to a veterinary clinic in Alabama earlier this month, Baskin said. Vets said they think the hunter shot the kittens' mother. It is legal in many states, including Florida, to hunt bobcats for sport, Baskin said. "He walked in with a shotgun in one hand and a bag of kittens in the other," she said.

The bobcats will be sheltered for about 18 months and then returned to the wild. There's a video and a news story of how Bobbi came to be involved. Link -via Arbroath

I guess there are enough bobcats to hunt them for sport there. Which I suppose is a good thing. Cute little creatures, by they are a little scary when they get big. O_O

Had a friend who worked at a vet clinic and some other friends and I joined him one night to check on the animals. There was a bobcat in one of the cages. Big claws and teeth. NOT friendly.
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