Sick baby bobcats found hanging out at pool
POSTED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 1:04pm
Ramona, CA (KSWB) — Bill Freeman is used to seeing wildcats around San Diego County, but he was surprised this week when two young, weary bobcats were hanging out around his pool.
It's not uncommon to see young bobcats and coyotes wondering around parts of San Diego County, according to animal protection officials.
"May and June are the height of baby season," Fund for Wildlife Animals Center Director Ali Crumpacker said. "That means not only have the babies been born, but now the moms are out hunting, trying to find food and supplies and they`re leaving their young alone."
Freeman snapped a picture of the kittens drinking from his pool, then called the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.
"Normally, when you see a cat they're kind of sleek," Freeman said. "They just looked ratty, very lethargic, and weak the way they were moving around."
It turns out the bobcats had parasites, were starving and dehydrated. The male cub didn't survive, Freeman said.
The center has already treated 300 animals this year and that is a 20 percent increase over last year, according to Crumpacker.
Common signs an animal cub is in trouble are if they are alone, moving slowing or looking for food and water, she said.
"Sometimes it's very normal what you see -- it's just abnormal to you," Crumpacker said. "What we can help do is teach you appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, particularly this time of year."