Jill Hicks from Chattanooga, Tennessee, thought she was being a good Samaritan when she rescued a kitten that was running across a road. However, after she showed her neighbor the rescued “kitten,” Jill soon discovered that it was in fact, a baby bobcat. Jill ended up bringing the mini bobcat to the nearby For Fox Sake Wildlife Rescue, where she was given the name “Arwen.”
Jill said to WATE, the local news station, “Even though I thought she was a kitten, had I known she was a bobcat, [being] that small and in that high trafficked area, I still would have done the same thing.”
For Fox Sake is going to be taking care of Arwen until she’s old and healthy enough to be released back into the wild. The rescue posted a super cute picture of the blue-eyed bobcat on September 25th, with a caption that read, “She’s doing great and has gained two ounces since her arrival here,” they wrote. However, they’re treating her for anemia (you can donate to Arwen’s cause and other animals here).”
On September 26th, For Fox Sake gave an update, mentioning the overwhelming number of requests they’d received from people wanting to adopt Arwen. For Fox Sake wrote, “There is a 0 percent chance that Arwen, or any other bobkitten, will grow up to be a suitable house pet. Even when raised by humans, bobcats are unpredictable, territorial wild animals with a powerful prey drive and no desire to please human beings.”
In short, no. Arwen won’t be getting adopted out to a family home environment. If she is unable to be re-released into the wilderness for whatever reason, Arwen would then be going to a zoo or nature center.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time that a baby bobcat has been mistaken for a kitten. Last year in San Antonio, three people mistook a pair of bobcat kittens for Bengals. However, after the “kittens” bit them, they quickly figured it out and called animal services, who transported them to a wildlife rescue.
How do you tell the difference between a domestic kitten or a bobcat kitten? Well, for one, bobcats always are spotted, and their ears usually have little black tufts of fur on them. If ever in doubt, ask a wildlife professional.
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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.