Two rescued bobcat kittens who became too acclimated to human contact to be returned to the wild are in care at an animal refuge center.
Mia and Max both came to CARE Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport, Texas recently and have been paired, as they are close in age. Because they cannot return to the wild, CARE will provide them with an enclosure where they can live comfortably and remain safe.
We learned about Max and Mia when we found the video below that shows them playing in their sunroom. The video was uploaded to YouTube by CARE on August 1 with this introduction:
Mia and Max are two unrelated bobcat kittens that were rescued in the spring/summer of 2015. They are not candidates for rehab and release as they were habituated to humans and are too “friendly” to be safe in the wild.
They spend the their lives here, at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) where they will get the best lifetime care possible. Right now, while they are still tiny, they are utlizing a climate controlled sunroom as their playroom. We are working on constructing and appropriate outdoor enclosure for them to move to in the future.
They are being overwhelmed with love and toys, and in this video just got some new crinkly tunnels to run through. Enjoy!
CARE told the bobcat kittens’ stories at their website.
On May 3rd, 2015, 9 year-old Carlos Perez and his family discovered the tiny kitten on a construction site. They did the right thing by waiting a day to see if the mother would come back for her kitten. Once she didn’t, they took her home and called us to see if we could take her in. Executive Director, Heidi Krahn, rushed to their home in Paradise, TX not knowing what to expect. Was she sick, injured, afraid or was it just a tabby kitten mistaken for a bobcat? When Heidi arrived, she knew it was definitely a bobcat, around 8-10 weeks old. She looked dehydrated, but other than that, healthy. Carlos had taken very good care of her, he had even built her a little “habitat” to stay in. The most surprising thing about the situation was that she was perfectly at home in the family’s arms. They were sad to see her go, especially young Carlos, but knew that it was the best thing for her.
The baby purred the whole way back to CARE. Initially, because of her complete lack of fear around people, Heidi thought she might have been a pet. But, certain behaviors made it seem more likely that she was separated from her mother. We think the separation occurred because of all the floods here in N. Texas. Carlos had asked if he could name her Mia, so we officially are calling her Mia de la Trinity in honor of the little boy who took care of her and the Trinity river that was responsible for much of the flooding in our area.
Unfortunately, because she bonded so quickly with the people who found her and is completely comfortable with anyone and everyone, we feel it too dangerous to try and rehab her and re-release her to live in the wild. Her disposition and lack of fear means she will likely always seek out people as a source of food and comfort. We will give her the best home we can though and we already adore her. She is bright and active and is already at home here.
Max’s story is unfortunately a common one for young bobcats. His mother was shot and a game warden found him orphaned. He took him in, and then relocated him to a wildlife refuge. The refuge asked us if we could give him a permanent home. By this time he was too habituated to people to be rehabbed and released.
He arrived at CARE late at night and the next morning got a clean bill of health from Dr. Bill. Now it was time to see if he and Mia could be friends. With him being twice the size of our first bobcat rescue, we hoped that their youth would make the introduction go smoothly. We could not have asked for a better outcome, it was love at first sight! In the last few days, they have spent their time cuddled up together for naps, staying up all night long to play, and hanging out on their window perches and cat trees to watch the birds outside. Max is very protective of Mia, and Mia is in love with boy. They chat all the time, calling to each other with chirps and gurgles and comforting each other with the loudest purrs you will ever hear! It is a beautiful thing to see them with each other, knowing that despite their hardships in the early stages of life, they now have each other.
Right now they are taking advantage of the sunroom that was built for [earlier for another pair of young bobcats named] Araali and Zuberi. They get lots of sunshine, room to run and play, tons of toys, a snug den to sleep in, and giant cat trees to climb and look down at their CAREtakers from. We hope to have a permanant enclosure finished for them in the next month or so. Until then, Max has really settled in and both bobcats are doing so well it makes our hearts swell.
Watch Rescued Bobcats Max and Mia Playing:
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