Archive for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bobcat continues road to recovery

January 30, 2008

After more than a month of recovery time at Operation Wildlife in Linwood, the young bobcat that was struck and left for dead in Lansing is making a recovery, but it's still too soon to tell if the bobcat will be able to be released back into the wild.

"It's still going to take some time," said Sheryl Saunders, facility manager for Operation Wildlife. "She still falls over, and that's still a concern. Plus I think we are seeing seizures, but we're not sure."

Saunders said Operation Wildlife would observe the bobcat for another month to monitor its mobility and the possible seizures.

On the up side, Saunders said the bobcat has gone from being fed dead rats, to being able to catch live mice, a good sign that the bobcat could be returned to the wild.

"Her aim is pretty good," Saunders said. "She hits it, but I think her problem at this point is that she want to play with it more than she wants to eat it."

Saunders hopes to have a better idea of the bobcat's condition in about a month.

Jim McGee, animal control officer for the Lansing Police Department, brought the bobcat to the animal sanctuary to be treated for head trauma after it was hit by a car on Dec. 19. The bobcat was discovered on the side of Eisenhower Road by Keith Krouse, his son Kolby, and Keith's friend Billy Morris.

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