Man Rescues Abandoned Kitten, Then Learns Its True Identity
- A Crying Kitten
Jared Allen Yost got more than he bargained for on the day he rescued a small stray kitten. Yost had been walking by a car while he was on his landscape job. Suddenly he heard the kitten crying.
- Animal Rescue
Yost is an animal lover, so he knew to look around for the kitten’s mother. Unfortunately, there was no mother kitten nearby. The weather was nasty, so Yost decided to take the kitten home.
- A Good Samaritan
Yost said he was “not a cat person,” but he was still determined to help the adorable kitten.
- A Mysterious Meow
There was something strange about the kitten right from the start. Its meow was so strong it caught Yost’s attention right away. At first, he thought maybe the kitten was simply a rare breed.
- Mystery Solved
After a few days, however, Yost was pretty sure that the meow was the key to the mystery. Yost thought that the kitten was not actually a domestic at at all. He suspected that the kitten could be a wild cat.
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Yost contracted the Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to find out more information. He took the kitten to the Rehab Center, where he found out she was a bobcat.
Bobcat kittens are called “bobkittens.” How cute is that?!
- Giant Paws
Another sign that the kitten was really a bobkitten is that she had giant paws. The Rehab Center did a thorough health check on the tiny bobcat.
- In Good Health
The bobcat kitten received excellent care and Rehabilitation Center says the baby female bobcat is in good health but was dehydrated.
- First Bobkitten of Summer
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center posted on Facebook about the exciting find. “24 hours later and we have our first bobcat kitten of the summer. We’re thankful he found the tiny bobcat before it was hit by a car.”
- Three Native Wildcats in Minnesota
Minnesota has three native species of wildcat. The bobcat is the most numerous, and the other two are the Canadian lynx and the cougar. Around 2,000 bobcats live in northern Minnesota.
- Bobcats Have Short Tails
The bobcat is smaller and skinnier than the lynx, with shorter ear tufts and smaller feet. The tip of the bobcat’s tail is usually black. The bobcat depends on very sharp eyesight and stealth moves to stalk prey in the wild.
- Bobkittens Aren’t Pets
Although bobkittens are safe, bobcats are not to be trifled with or kept as pets. They have needle-like teeth and claws. Bobcats can easily scamper up trees, sometimes even catching porcupines in the treetops.
- Stealth Predators
Bobcats can even kill deer by sneaking up from behind them on tree branches, then launching an attack on the deer’s jugular vein.
- Returned to Nature
Usually wild animals are treated and then returned to nature where they were found. If an orphaned animal cannot be reunited with their parents, then they should be sent to a licensed and experienced animal advocate.
- Yost Saved the Kitten’s Life
The Rehabilitation Center thanked Yost for being so observant. They reported that the bobkitten was moved to the Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which aims to help train the bobkitten to live in the wild.
2. Wild and Free Saves Animals
The Wild and Free Rehab Center provides quality medical care and rehabilitation for all injured, sick and orphaned wild animals, and shares its knowledge with the people who care about them.
- Bobcats are Thriving
Although bobcats are common in northern Minnesota, they have excellent camouflage that allow them to blend in with their surroundings. They are most active between sundown and sunrise. Bobcats are designated game animals in the state, but they are growing in numbers.