Orphaned Bobcat Returns to Wild on World Wildlife Day
A bobcat who spent more than three months at our Ramona Wildlife Center returned to the wild today, on World Wildlife Day. The orphaned cat was brought to Project Wildlife by a citizen who found him abandoned on private property in Borrego Springs on Nov. 23, 2020. Upon examination, our veterinarians diagnosed the young kitten with a gastrointestinal infection that was treated with a course of antibiotics and implemented a treatment plan that included a gradual introduction to a natural diet.
“It was touch and go for a bit and we were very concerned about this young bobcat kitten,” said Christine Barton, director of operations and wildlife rehabilitation at San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center. “We are thrilled that he thrived and though small, is a force to be reckoned with — ready to take on the vast landscape of Borrego Springs and make it his home once again.”
The bobcat was part of a late litter, as bobcat kittens typically arrive towards the end of spring. His arrival in the Fall meant there were no other orphaned conspecifics to combine him with at the Ramona Wildlife Center. The patient’s medical condition prevented staff from transferring him to another clinic that had late kittens.
“To hold a single bobcat kitten over winter is extremely difficult to do without habituating him to humans,” said Barton. “The wildlife caregivers at our campus took extreme precautions and provided all the necessary tools and stimulus to give this orphan bobcat a chance at successful rehab and release back into the wild.”
During his stay at the Ramona Wildlife Center, the young bobcat was provided an outdoor environment full of enrichment and stimulation with climbing and hunting challenges to prepare for wild release.
Published: March 3, 2021