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Jenny

Last Updated:10/12/11

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Status:Female Bobcat - Released

 

Age:8 year(s), 1 month(s)

 

Jenny came to us on 10/07/09 and was brought to us by a private individual who found it in the wild.

Each year, we get at least one baby in that is dubbed our "Miracle baby".  This year, that honor goes to our Jenny. She is a precious little girl who arrived in TERRIBLE condition.  All we know is that she had likely been hit by a car as she had been found in the side of a road and picked up by some caring people who had the intelligence to know that she needed specialized care if she was to have a chance of survival.  After spending over a day trying to find the right place to take her, the family who found her delivered he to us here at NBRR. Jenny was only about 14 weeks old when she arrived here.  When she arrived, she was in something close to a coma.  Although she had some awareness, she had been unable to do much except lay on her side with her eyes closed.  The family who rescued her said that she had sat up a couple of times, but by the time she arrived here, she was unable to do that.  She lay limply in the back of her crate unable to lift her head or move in any way.  Her breathing was labored and her eyes would not open.  She had not eaten since she had been found, nor had she had she had any water.  She had been well cared for, but the folks who found her simply didn't know what else to do for her.  The food that was placed in her cage was, for the most part, laid in, so Jenny was wearing a layer of old nasty food on top of her matted dirty hair.  The family said that when Jenny did stand up, she would only crazily walk in circles until she fell down and passed out again.  During her first two days here, we witnessed this behavior and hoped that it was caused by head trauma and not something more severe like Rabies.  Although Rabies is VERY uncommon in Bobcats, it is possible, especially in a young orphaned kitten.  Young kittens, when separated from their mothers, will approach other animals and people in hopes of finding someone/thing to help them.  If they were to approach and animal, for instance, a skunk, that had rabies, it is likely that an orphaned kitten could get bitten and contact the virus.  So, when Jenny arrived and exhibited signs of neurologic damage, she was immediately put onto Rabies Watch.  That is standard practice, and although we don't worry TOO much about it until we see further signs, we are always cautious.When Jenny DID get up to move, her movement was painful to watch.  She spun slowly in circles and would fall down almost immediately. If the fall didn't happen immediately, she would tip forward and hit her head, hard, on the side of the crate.  Repeatedly. It broke our hearts so someone stayed with her to try to keep her calm round the clock. Jenny was severely underweight and dehydrated. She had clearly been without her Mom for some time.  Of course, We rarely ever get the full story immediately. It often takes weeks for us to wholly understand what has happened prior to their arrival with any of our visitors to the center. Forty-eight hours after Jenny's arrival, and after critical care watch and treatments, Jenny's condition worsened.  She began having MASSIVE seizures. She had still not been able to eat and had been receiving Sub-Q fluids and medications to help her heal the trauma to her little body.  The fear of Rabies increased. We knew that we were losing her and debated euthanizing her so she would no longer suffer the horrible seizures AND because we feared her having Rabies and the possibility of her biting or scratching someone during one of her seizures.  The seizures would rack her hole tiny body and last for anywhere from 45-60 seconds each.  They went on for hours.  We had finally made the decision to put her down when, suddenly, the seizures subsided. Upon further discussion, and against everything we represent as far as never letting an animal suffer, we decided to wait until the next morning to see what would happen.  We assumed that she would die overnight on her own, but she had fought for so long, we decided that she deserved the opportunity to let her body make the decision.  Since we knew she had lived on her own in the wild under terrible conditions (because of her body condition when she arrived) and had fought to survive, we struggled with making a decision for her that she had chose to fight before ever coming to us. On the third day after Jenny's arrival, we all dreaded coming in because we knew what we were going to have to deal with.  We were all saddened by the loss after such a struggle.  However,... when we went to check on our poor Jenny, we found her sitting up in the back of her crate!!  Since that day, Jenny has improved daily!  She now goes outside each day with her new brother & Sister Efram & Darla.  Of course, she still isn't QUITE sure what to think of them.  She spends much of her time inside the heated dog houses that are filled with soft blankets.

View more photos on her gallery.

 

Jenny's Update January 24th, 2010

Jenny is doing GREAT!  She is living outside in the Bobcat Pagoda with her new brothers and sisters and growing like a WEED!  She is easily identifiable due to her EXTRA fluffy coat and super round face.  We will be posting pictures of Jenny in her new digs with her new family right here as
soon as we get out there to take them!

 

 

 

 

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