Tuesday morning we received a call through the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) about a bobcat who had been hit by a car. It is sadly not abnormal for us to receive calls from them regarding animals who have been hit by cars, however they are generally deer. So, this bobcat was different! When our rehabilitator arrived at the scene it appeared that the cat had already past away, but on further inspection he was still hanging on. She quickly and carefully crated the injured and potentially dangerous animal and rushed him to our nearest cooperating vet, Dr. Brooks with Citrus Park Animal Hospital. Once they arrived at Citrus Park Dr. Brooks did a general health screening to assess the beautiful boy.
While he did have blood on his face and appeared to be in a state of shock he had a very strong heart beat which let us know he was up for the fight to survive. Dr. Brooks began treatment before discharging him to go home and relax. A few hours later the bobcat was looking much perkier and feistier. Kris called in back up from another volunteer to assist with his evening treatment and to help shift him into a clean crate for the night. He was able with a good amount of encouraging to move himself into the new clean crate and Kris was able to observe his movement and take note of an apparent injury to one of hid front legs.
Wednesday morning we were given the go ahead to bring him in to see the Wildlife Docs at Busch Gardens for a full assessment and to consult on his treatment plan. The vets at Busch Gardens agreed that the overall general health of this young male was great and through the use of xrays they were able to determine that he did have a broken humorous as a result of the car strike. It was decided that he would return to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife for continued care and pain management until Friday when he will go back into Busch Gardens for surgery to insert a pin into the leg to secure the bone while it heals. In the meantime he has his broke limb splinted and secured to his body to prevent further injury. Until he checks in for surgery he will stay with the experienced volunteer staff at Owl’s Nest where he will be kept clean and comfortable. We are very excited that he is going to be able to received the treatment he needs from the Wildlife Docs who assisted us last year with a similar break in a fox. However, like with any major medical procedure there is always a risk involved and we are not out of traffic and safe yet. We will be posting a follow up to let everyone know how he is doing after surgery and share with you what the next steps will be in his treatment and care.
If you happen to find any wildlife in trouble please make sure you report it to a licensed rescue organization like Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife. We also ask that you consider making a donation to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife so that we may continue our work to conserve and protect wildlife in the Tampa Bay Area.