On September 23, 2008 a small bobcat and brothers and sisters were hit by an automobile on C470 close to Morrison road. Lakewood animal control, officer Jamie Johnston answered and rescued the only one bobcat that survived.

The Division of Wildlife gave their consent for the bobcat to be rushed to the Animal Hospital of Deer Creek Animal in Littleton, where devoted veterinarians and veterinarian helpers worked very hard for long hours that day diagnosing, treating, caring and performing surgery on the two broken legs, and of the bobcat, to stabilize her for discharge to rehabilitation. The surgery was quite difficult and the placement of the of the pins in the legs was necessary to fix the two broken legs of the poor animal. The bobcat would need to go back to Deer Creek for several frequent follow-ups and close watch of the legs. The bobcat would also have to wait and have limited movement for a certain time, as climbing or jumping would be catastrophic to the healing process.

Arriving at the rehabilitation, the cat was admitted and carefully and quietly monitored to make sure she came out of anesthesia and the operation fine. She was given extra heat, peace, and much needed quiet time. Animal lover citizens and the media were calling but out of respect and not to jeopardize the recovery of the cat, and too, in compliance with the laws and regulation regarding wildlife rehabilitation, only the cat’s licensed rehabilitation specialist and caregiver was allowed to be close to the cat.

Beside some grogginess, the bobcat appeared to have endured and tolerated the treatment very well. By the second day, she was eating a bobcat diet of rodents, which contained the medicine she needed. Arriving to rehab she weighed around seven pounds; a very light bobcat indeed! However, she continued to constantly improve and grew considerably to everyone’s delight! At her three-week recheck , she was x-rayed and Dr. Brod determined that all was progressing well but there was still some issue about one of the legs would heal properly. Only time would tell, and we would just have to wait and see.

At the last and final checkup, the bobcat had doubled iis weight and after a series of x-rays, the happy news was that her legs had healed perfectly. Due to the limited movement necessitated for healing while she was in recovery, the muscles in her legs got a bit atrophied. The bobcat will need to spend a certain amount of time (unspecified time) in an outdoor enclosure to rebuild the muscles that she needs to hunt and survive in the wild. Long live this gal!