In San Antonio, Texas, a kind family who thought they were rescuing abandoned domestic kittens turned out to be bobcats. Although they are undeniably cute, the little ones bit and scratched three members of the human family who found them. The injuries were minor. Bobcats have much larger fang teeth than domestic kittens which is what prompted the family to look them up on Google.
According to San Antonio Animal Care Services, spokesperson Lisa Norwood stated the kittens were found in an alleyway. It was when the family brought the kittens into their home and tried to feed them milk, that the baby bobcats bit and scratched. On their Facebook page, Animal Care stated the kitties – one male and one female, are now being quarantined at the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Kendalia, Texas.
“When kittens are fortunate enough to be left in the wild and in the company of their mother they will remain in her care and learning survival skills from her for 10 to 13 months,” stated the rescue founder, Lynn Cuny.
According to ABCNews, Cuny added would-be good Samaritans should not tamper with wildlife and to leave the animals alone. The mother could have been hiding from humans or hunting for food.
The neighboring area where the babies were found has undeveloped areas where wildlife still roam. As of the latest report, Cuny states the kitties are doing fine and caregivers are hoping to reunite them with their mother, however she has not been spotted. For now, the little ones are being handled as little as possible so they do not become used to humans. They are being quarantined in a secluded area where they can hear the sounds of nature and the outdoors.
The two are extremely bonded and sleep on top of each other. Admittedly it’s over the top adorable, but if they can not be released back into the wild with a good chance of surviving, they will live at the rescue’s 212-acre sanctuary.
Please everyone – leave wild animal babies alone. The chances are good their moms will return for them.
(Photos courtesy of San Antonio Animal Care Services)
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