In Orlando, Florida, we have a true cuteness alert. On Thursday, the Orlando Fire Department announced their latest rescue; a Good Samaritan dropped off a bobcat kitten the man believed was a cheetah cub. He said he found the kitten in the area of Station 7 on Goldwyn Avenue and didn’t know what to do with it.
According to the Facebook page of the Orlando Fire Department,
“Crews were working on finding it a home and potentially contacting Orange County Animal Services when they started Googling ‘baby cheetah’ and realized the kitten had bobcat similarities.”
A kitten, or what we thought was one, was dropped off at Orlando Station 7 yesterday. A man dropped off the kitten and said he had a baby ‘cheetah’ and that he found it in the area and didn’t know what to do. Station 7 C-shift crews were working on finding it a home when they started googling ‘baby cheetah’, and realized the kitten had bobcat similarities. Last night, they called, then sent photos to the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Education Center. The administrative manager drove over to the station and confirmed it is an approximately 2-week old female bobcat. The refuge is now nursing the cub. Great investigative work by our crews.
Posted by Orlando Fire Department on Friday, April 26, 2019
The kitten has been transferred to Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Education Center where the approximately two-week-old female will be cared for and eventually released back into the wild. The organization will do everything they can to avoid the kitten from imprinting on humans. When old enough, she will be placed with at least one other bobcat until she is old enough to be released.
Bobcats are protected and are not legal to keep as pets.
Good luck little one.
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