Back in February we received a call about a bobcat that had been hit by a car in the Citrus Park area. When we first arrived at the scene he appeared to have already passed but we discovered he was still breathing. He was rushed into Citrus Park Animal Hospital where he was stabilized before going into our facility. The next day he went to Busch Gardens Tampa to visit with the wildlife Docs there they did for diagnostics and determined that he had broken both a tooth and his humorous. The first priority was repairing his arm. He went into surgery where they placed a rod in the bone so that it could correctly heal. Once he was doing well after the surgery he went in for a second surgery to have the broken tooth removed. He then spent the next few weeks with the Animal Care staff at Busch Gardens where they cared for him on his road to recovery. On Friday April 8th we had the privilege of releasing him near the Brooker Creek Nature Preserve in Odessa Florida. Still wary of humans he was not eager to leave the safety of the crate as he was surrounded by news media, our team, and the video crew from the Wildlife Docs. But after some encouraging he took off like lightning in a release that brought tears to our rehabber’s eyes. We wanted to make sure we share that magical moment with you our supporters because without you we couldn’t accomplish what we do so please enjoy these photos as well as the video.
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