SAN ANTONIO: a woman has been issued with a citation (a criminal charge without an arrest) for taking a pair of bobcat kittens from their mother. She lied about it. She said that she found the kittens in an alleyway in San Antonio when in fact there were taken from the attic of a shack owned by her brother in a nearby county. Because the woman misled the authorities the window of opportunity to reunite the kittens with their mother has probably been lost.
It is likely that the kittens will now have to be looked after for one year by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc (WRR) before being released into the wild.
Apparently, the brother and sister initially thought that they had found purebred Bengal kittens and wanted to keep them. It would have been extremely unusual for a couple of Bengal kittens to be in the loft of a shack because they are purebred. The only place you see Bengal kittens are with breeders or owners.
The sister, Jane Dinscore, tried to feed the kittens. Jane, her sister and her niece were all bitten and scratched as they tried to do this. Having failed they contacted the local Animal Care Services. No doubt they realized that they were not dealing with domestic cats. However they took their time. Several days had elapsed.
It seems that she made up the story about finding the kittens in an alleyway because she knew that she was at fault. She may have known it was a crime. Diana Reyes, the chief executive and development officer with WRR said that her behavior was inexcusable. She appears to be very angry because Dinscore was more concerned with protecting herself than ensuring that the kittens were returned to their mother. She lacked moral courage Reyes said.
I suppose that you have to know purebred cats well to see that these kittens could never be Bengals. They should have realized this very quickly and replaced them. Bobcat kittens vocalize in a completely different way to domestic cats. This combined with their behavior would have provided an immediate indication that there were wild cats.
We should give a thought to the kittens’ mother who is no doubt confused and upset at the loss of her kittens.
P.S. it is just possible that WRR can still reunite the kittens with their mother which remains their goal. I may be barking up the wrong tree but the story is ironic bearing in mind the rampant hunting of bobcats in Texas. How many kittens have been orphaned this way?