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Injured Bobcat Back on the Prowl

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In early December 2009, a female yearling bobcat was brought to the Center with a broken leg after she was spotted limping along a road near Uvas Reservoir. In addition to the fracture, she was anemic, emaciated and covered in fleas and ticks. The cat was so weak that a Santa Clara County Park (SCCP) interpreter and volunteer were able to quickly capture and transport her to the Center.

“The most likely scenario is that she snagged her leg on something,” said Ashley Kinney, WCSV’s animal care assistant. “If she hadn’t been rescued and brought to the Center, she certainly would have perished within a few days. We rushed her to Adobe Animal Hospital and confirmed that her right tibia was fractured.”

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Radiographs aftersurgery
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The team at Adobe operated on the bobcat and carefully plated her leg, then Kinney put her on indoor “cage rest” for eight weeks. A checkup in mid-January showed that the surgery was a success and the cat was healing well.

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“Just to be safe, I kept her on cage rest for several more days,” Ellis said. “When we moved her outside at the end of January, she quickly adapted to the large
enclosure—running, jumping, climbing and hunting. It was fantastic!”

Once she was healthy enough to be released, the Center staff chose a date and location when the weather would be warm enough and there would be enough food available to help the cat make a successful transition back into her natural environment.

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On Friday, March 26th, after nearly four months of rehabilitation, specialists from WCSV and the SCCP released the bobcat at dusk at the nearly 4,000-acre Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The WCSV would like to thank Dr. Nakamura and Dr. Knowles at Adobe Animal Hospital for their professional services, including performing the surgery pro bono.

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