Shalico, a Canada lynx, and his brother proved just how easy it is to buy exotic animals over the internet. Both were purchased through the internet by two college students from a breeder in Montana. Once one college student realized it was illegal, he surrendered Shalico to The Wildcat Sanctuary at about six months of age. When we called to get a copy of the health certificate, the veterinarian told us the other lynx was very sick and having seizures. They also informed us that authorities had seized the second lynx from the college student. We tried our best to reunite the two brothers, but never heard back from authorities.
Shalico has been a ball of energy since the day he arrived. He had found companionship he enjoys with a bobcat named Morgan. Since Morgan is smitten with Shalico, she has become his constant shadow. Though we wish he could have lived out his days here with his brother, we’re happy that he is happily living wild at heart in a large, free roaming habitat here at our Sanctuary. Who knows what the ending for him might have been had he remained with two college students?
Supporting wild cats for life is an expensive proposition. The veterinary care, nutritious diet they require, as well as the staff to watch over them runs into thousands of dollars. If you would consider helping us by becoming Shalico’s sponsor, that would make such a difference! You can sponsor him here.