Bobcat boys finally have names!

By | March 22, 2017 at 8:00 am | No comments | TWS in the News | Tags: , ,

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted names for the newly rescued bobcats. We received over 2,000 submissions for these boys!

Please join us in welcoming Copper and Archer to The Wildcat Sanctuary’s feline family!

The staff narrowed down the names and voted for those they felt best fit the boys’ personalities and appearance. Copper was chosen for his coloring and the color of his right eye. Archer was perfect for the other bobcat boy who’s as fast as a moving arrow.

Name suggestions came in from all over the world, as far away as Japan! There were so many great names. It really was difficult for the staff to choose.

Many suggested the name Phoenix for the bobcat who’d survived the fire. That would’ve been a perfect choice, if we didn’t already have two other sanctuary cats with that same name.

Others suggested Popeye, Winkey or Odin since he came with an injury to his right eye. But those names no longer seemed fitting after the vets were easily able to repair his eye issue during his intake exam.

Early damage had caused his top eyelid to fold in and irritate his eye. We’re thrilled he’ll have full use of the eye and no longer be squinting!

Both boys received their full intake exams, vaccination, microchip and neuter. We’re waiting for all their blood results, but they appear healthy and can now enjoy their new life at The Wildcat Sanctuary.

Once they complete their quarantine period, they’ll move to a large free-roaming habitat, like the other sanctuary residents. It’s only been a short time, and Archer is showing a lot of interest in being friends. But Copper seems to be a bit more hesitant.

There are plenty of other bobcats at the Wildcat Sanctuary to merge them with, if theirs isn’t a match made in heaven. Copper might prefer the companionship of a female (our cats are spayed or neutered), while Archer might enjoy the company of other high energy bobcats.

We’ll give them time to settle in and let them make the choice of who they’d like to spend the rest of their days with, living wild at heart.


But wait, there’s more big news! You’ll never guess what we found out about Autumn during her exam?

We had a very busy vet day. Orphaned, wild-born bobcat Autumn was scheduled for her formal exam and spay, too. You can imagine our surprise when we did Autumn’s exam and found out she’s a boy, not a girl!

How does such a thing happen?

Well, it isn’t as uncommon as you might think.

When we work with game departments and rehabbers, they’re rescuing fractious wildlife who aren’t socialized to people. Often, they do as little handling as possible. They use leather gloves to hold the scared and wiggling animal to do a quick visual exam and sex the animal.

If they’re looking under the tail on a young animal, they may not realize the testicles haven’t descended yet. And without a closer look, it may be difficult to accurately sex the cat.

This happened before with our rescued wild-born cougar Donoma. He arrived with paperwork stating he was female from the game department. His exam revealed otherwise.

Since Autumn arrived with paperwork stating she was female, we had no reason to think otherwise. Usually, we’d find out much sooner during an intake exam.

Why are you just finding out?

Due to the stress Autumn had been through losing her family so tragically, and the cold winter setting in, our vets determined it was best to give her vaccines while she was awake, and then schedule her spay under sedation for the spring. This way, she’d be less stressed and would do much better with a shaved belly in the warmer weather.

So, for the last several months, we all believed Autumn to be a female. We now joke that this may be the reason he hasn’t warmed up to us!

But finding out Autumn is a boy doesn’t change how much we love Autumn, how much you love him, or even how much Belvedere and Francis love him.

We’ve chosen not to change his name, it still fits him.

Your support is vital to the work we do, the rescues we take in, and the education we provide worldwide. Thank you so much for your compassionate support today – and everyday!

If you’d like to become a sponsor parent for these bobcats, or any of our cats, it’s so critical to the work we do – thank you!




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