Baby Jenga

Baby Jengal Blue the bobcat was a former wild pet

Baby Jenga Blue, a bobcat, came to The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2003 when he was only six weeks old. An individual had purchased him from a breeder, but soon realized that it’s illegal to own a bobcat in the Des Moines, Iowa area. He was surrendered to us.

Soon after Baby Jenga Blue arrived, we realized something was wrong. His motor skills were impaired and he wouldn’t eat on his own. After several visits to the veterinarian, they concluded Baby Jenga Blue had brain damage.

Our best guess was that he was possibly dropped during the shipping process from Montana to Iowa when he was only weeks old. However, after receiving several bobcats and lynx from the same breeder, it became clear that many had similar neurological issues. Unfortunately, this breeder is still selling wildcats via the internet.

Baby Jenga Blue’s progress was touch and go for a while, but this little fighter made it through and has grown to be a strikingly handsome bobcat!

You may wonder where Baby Jenga Blue got such a long name. When he first came to TWS, he came with the name Blue. But with his neurological problems, most of the staff began to simply call him Baby.

After he pulled through his long ordeal, the staff decided to give him a proper name. They decided on Jenga. But the name never stuck the same way as Baby did, so we simply decided to combine all three making him sound like royalty!

This “royal” cat lives on his own since he doesn’t have great social skills with other cats. He prefers socializing with his caretakers by rubbing against the fence, hanging out in his hammock, and rolling around in musky scents. 

He truly believes he’s a tiger in a bobcat’s body and has always loved watching the big cats here at the sanctuary rather than other bobcats.

If you’d like to help provide daily care for Baby Jenga, it’s easy by sponsoring him today.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

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