Status:Female Bobcat (Lynx Rufus Texensis) - Awaiting Release
Age:6 year(s), 2 month(s)
Nadia came to us on 04/24/11 and was brought to us by a private individual who found it in the wild.
Nadia is the newest addition to the NBRR family. She is currently in care. around the 24th of April, 2011, NBRR staff recieved a call about a possible bobkitten found under a tree at a business park in Irving. Apparently more than one person was looking out for this lucky little girl. Another person working at the building had contacted the DFW Wildlife Coalition Hotline. A carring volunteer picked her up and took her to her home in Argyle, put her on a heating pad, and tried to keep her warm until NBRR staff arrived.
NBRR staff rushed from a vet appointment to pick up this little one. We were informed that she was infested with fleas, which means that she had probably been without momma for at least three days. Mother bobcats are very festidious with their babies, and would never allow her little ones to have fleas. Animals can go withouth food for ten days, but without water for only three. This means that at the very least, we HAD to get this girl hydrated RIGHT NOW. Nadia was in absolutely shocking condition when we arrived.
Thanks to the volunteer on the hotline that brought Nadia to Argyle, it put us very close to the house of one of the NBRR sub-permittees. She had supplies that we needed immediately. We rushed to her house as fast as we could. The first thing to do was to get those fleas off of her. Her gums were stark white due to flea anemia. She recieved a gentle bath in warm water with dawn soap (this soap strips the waxy coating off of the fleas, killing the majority of them). More than 200 fleas were removed from her tiny body. After a good flea combing to make sure no fleas were missed, she was towel dried, and fluids were administered.
You can see how large her head looks for her body in this photo. At this point, Nadia was three weeks old, and had the body of a one week old kitten. NBRR estimates that Nadia has been without her mom from a week, to a week and a half at this point. Her chances of survival were 20/80, meaning that she only had a 20% chance of making it through the night. Her little system was so fragile, that even though we needed to rehydrate her quickly, we could not give her too much at once or we risked shutting her system down. for 24 hours, we could not introduce anything into her GI system. It had been without for so long that we risked loosing her by feeding her.
On the way back to the ranch, we loaded her up with a hot water bottle, lots of blankets, and a plush pouch to keep her warm for the hour journey back to Terrell. On the car ride back, we picked a name for her. At NBRR, we name our wards alphabetically. We were all the way to "N" when Nadia came into our care. We knew she needed a strong name, so we called her Nadia. It is Slavic for Hope.
Every 30 minutes for the first three hours, we administered fluids. Through the night, fluids were administered every hour. Dedicated NBRR staff stayed up through the night with her. Durring this time, we also began her on just the tiniest ammount of a mixture of a blood builder, electrolites, and antibiotics (to combat the weeziness in her chest). These were administered orally, a drop at a time.
The next morning, we were amazed at how good she was feeling! Though she was running a fever, emaciated, and anemic, she was alert and active! Towards the middle of the coming night, Nadia began complaining of hunger. It was heartbreaking knowing that we could not yet feed her. As the night wore on, we feared that we would loose her to starvation if we did not do something soon.
So, making a judgement call, our leader made the decission to give her her first real food. We knew this was critical timing. If we started feeding her, we could not stop. If we did, she would succumb to hypoglycemia, or worse. This meant we were counting on her system being undamaged and strong enough to process the food we would have to give her every hour.
Hour after hour, our fears grew. Her belly was expanding with as we put more food in it, but she was not pottying. Finally, as daylight broke, we stimulated her to potty yet again...you have never seen so many people releaved to see poo!
As the days go on, she grows ever stronger. She has proven strong and feisty, and quite the personality! She still requires careful, constant observation, but the staff here at NBRR are hopeful that she will pull through. She is eatting and drinking on her own, and burning off boundless energy all the time.
Keep checking back to see updates on Nadia's progress.
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