The Wildcat Sanctuary is a non-profit, no-kill wild cat rescue located in Sandstone, Minnesota, whose goal is to provide a natural habitat for the big cats in their care. Residents of The Wildcat Sanctuary include tigers, bobcats, cougars, and many more. The majority of the sanctuary’s residents were rescued from life in the entertainment industry or had been previously kept as pets. In both instances, the animals were deprived of their natural habitat and instincts and as a result, could not return to their wild home. While this is the sad reality for the bulk of the sanctuary’s residents, they also take in and care for injured wild cats and help rehabilitate them so they can one day go back to their native habitat. Just recently, The Wildcat Sanctuary took in two gorgeous bobcats and you’re going to just love this heartwarming story.
The sanctuary got a call from an out of state rehabber who said she saved a scorched baby bobcat kitten from a barn fire when he was just four weeks old. The little guy’s eyes were just starting to open, although it was obvious his right eye was damaged. He had burns in his mouth and on his paws and belly.
The woman has cared for the bobcat for two years, but he still has a damaged right eye that weeps and has light sensitivity. According to The Wildcat Sanctuary, due to the long ongoing care, injury, and living with surrogate domestic cats, he couldn’t be released back into the wild, so the rehabber sought out the sanctuary for lifelong care. Without a doubt, this sweet bobcat now has a forever home at the sanctuary.
Just days after taking in this bobcat, the sanctuary received another call from out-of-state. The caller had been given a wild-born bobcat who was being kept as a pet. Apparently, the kitten had been living with a family but was turned over to the local Game Department after he bit one of the family members (something that tends to happen when you keep wild animals as pets). The Game Department was planning to destroy the little one, but they placed him with his licensee who was calling in the hope that The Wildcat Sanctuary would take the cat in.
Without further delay, the sanctuary’s dedicated team drove over 2,000 miles in 2 days to pick-up the second bobcat and bring him back to the sanctuary. Look at this gorgeous boy!
Both of the bobcats are undergoing an intake exam and will be vaccinated and neutered in the coming week. After that, they will be introduced through play dates and hopefully become friends. But the two bobcats have yet to be named! The Wildcat Sanctuary is looking for strong names that will complement their wild nature. Got any ideas? You can submit your name suggestions here and the sanctuary will announce the names on Saint Patricks Day!
The Wildcat Sanctuary is able to help big cats who haven’t been given a fair shot at life thanks to the support of animal lovers like you. The sanctuary gives these amazing animals the next best thing to living in their native home: a natural habitat where they can live wild at heart.
If you’d like to make a donation to help support their life-saving work, click here.
Image Source: The Wildcat Sanctuary