Thursday, January 19, 2006

Conservancy of Southwest Florida releases Bobcat

Rehabbed bobcat released into wild

Jamie Yuccas

Last updated on: 1/18/2006 5:36:15 PM


Log on to see great video of Bob’s release.


COLLIER COUNTY — Injured animals have less than a 50-50 chance of being reintroduced into the wild. Those long odds are why the Conservancy of Southwest Florida took extra care of a rare bobcat that came through its doors nearly three months ago.


Bob the bobcat was hit by a car and suffered a broken shoulder, leg and jaw.


"His jaw was broken in three places… pretty extensive, he couldn't close his mouth," said Jonee Miller of the Conservancy.


Bob needed several surgeries and rehabilitation at the Conservancy.


"It was a long, expensive process," said Conservancy volunteer Lois Kellie.


But volunteers stepped in and raised more than $3,000 for the animal's care.


The care could have been even more expensive, but Collier County's emergency pet hospital wired the animal's jaw and the Bonita Springs Veterinary Hospital performed surgery on his leg and shoulder – all for free.


Click on the link  to watch Bob as he's released back into the wild.



For the cats,


Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 150 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.920.4130 fax 885.4457 cell 493.4564


Meet our recent mountain lion cub rescues:


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