Meet Brave Braelyn. This tough girl has been through alot, and still has a
Source: bobcat rescue – The Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch official blog
Braelyn is our most recent intake. She is VERY sick. She came to us about a week ago from a ranch where they have been “removing all big cats from the property”. We hate to hear things like this, because Bobcats should never be considered “Big Cats”, at least not down here in Texas. Out bobcat species “Texensis” doesn’t get much bigger than a standard house cat. (22-26lbs)
For such a young kitten, Braelyn has had a tough life. It is very clear to us that her mother was either killed or trapped and taken away. We know that there is another kit out there that the landowners are now trying to trap so that they may be reunited. As previously mentioned in our preface, bobkittens stay with their mothers until they are at least 10 months old. When their mothers are trapped and taken away, they must fight to survive. Braelyn has clearly had more than a few battles. She came to us with her poor nose nearly missing and several deep lacerations on her little body. She is only about 16 weeks old. Who she has been battling with remains to be seen, but who/whatever it was, it was much bigger than she was. She is grossly underweight, so has, obviously, struggled to find food and we pray that we can find her sibling before it is too late.
Her lacerations had become infected and she was very weak when she first arrived. But there is good news! As of two days ago, she had regained enough strength to crawl up into her hammock which hangs from the top of her ICU enclosure! She had previously been unable to get up off of the floor. She has been eating well and gaining weight every day. We continue to hope that Santa Paws will help us to find her sibling, but without further funding, we cannot hire someone to go out and assist the landowners in trying to capture it and get them back together. If you can help, please go to our website or use the link on the side column of this blog, and donate today to help Braelyn get back on her feet and help us to hire one someone to help put what is left of their family back together.
Braelyn’s future is still uncertain, but we continue with positive thinking, her undying wild spirit gives us high hopes for her to be released back to the wild sometime mid-summer next year.
However, this special girl will need a lot of expensive intensive care in the weeks and months to come if she is going to make it.
She will be paired up with others of her age once back on her feet. If her sibling joins us, they will remain together for the rest of their time here at the ranch and be released together back to the wild where they belong and on a property where they will never have to worry about being trapped, hunted or displaced. All our kitties want for christmas is somewhere safe to call home. Will you help them?