Two tiny bobcats traveled the country, beat the odds and now call The Wildcat Sanctuary their home.
A sanctuary in Oregon was contacted to take in a wild born bobcat kitten Henry who had been abandoned. As they had the room, they verbally agreed. Not long after, the sanctuary received a call from the Montana Fish and Game Department regarding a female bobcat kitten, Haley, that was unreleaseable and needed placement. The sanctuary agreed to take Haley as well, and raise the two together. Unfortunately, an import permit was denied by the state of Oregon to allow import of wild born cats to the sanctuary. The sanctuary was devastated by the news, and the kittens’ fate was unknown.
Haley had been found with a sibling abandoned under a log in the wild. Their eyes were not yet open and they could not fend for themselves. Montana Wildlife Center took them in and tried to save Haley and her littermate. Haley’s litter mate died the first night. Haley contracted pneumonia and the treatment and the illness affected her eyesight, making her unreleasable.
With the recent heartbreaking loss of Kyra the serval and Yuma the cougar, The Wildcat Sanctuary was able to accept these two new kittens as residents in 2008.
The Oregon Sanctuary, Wildcat Haven, and the Montana Wildlife Center spent resources and time to safely escort the animals to the Sanctuary. Haley and Henry arrived within hours of each other and were immediately introduced. Henry greeted the little girl with a bobcat sound and Haley replied by jumping right on top of him. He let out a hiss and ran back into the transport carrier. Within hours, the two were tumbling, playing and following one another up and down perches and ramps. They have found such comfort in each other. It’s a friendship that will last forever.
Henry and Haley as they cuddle together today.
We hope that you might consider helping us with the lifetime care for Haley by sponsoring her today. Your support is greatly appreciated.