This Will Make You Cry

This Will Make You Cry

by Michael
(London, UK)

Bobcat - photo by goingslo (Flickr)

Bobcat - photo by goingslo (Flickr)

This is another recent cat news story. For me, it is both hateful and loving. A hunter appears to have shot a mother bobcat in Alabama, USA. The mother was nursing three kittens. He took them away and asked a veterinary technician to raise the kittens for him so that he could give them to his children as pets. If that is true, how horrible is that! Crudity and ignorance bundled together in a distasteful package.

That is the hateful bit out of the way. The rest is loving. But it took a lot of loving to make up for one act of careless violence. A lot of people, time and effort was involved to repair the damage that took a second.

O.K., it is just one American bobcat, big deal, I hear a million people say. I say it is time we began to understand how to live in harmony with other species rather than simply killing them.

The kittens being very young needed a surrogate mother to nurse them. One lovely lady cat with a short tail was found. She is called Bobbi. She licked them and initially the little bobcats were confused and they hissed. But they soon realised how good a thing this was!

Beautiful bonding followed:

Some people criticise Big Cat Rescue. I think this is unjustified. In this case they came to the rescue with the help of others to provide a life for these three very vulnerable cats.

To see them nursing is a delight. Bobbi is very accepting.

Occasionally videos get pulled. I hope this one stays live for a while. Well done Big Cat Rescue and Carol Baskin.

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May 19, 2010 Im crying
by: kathy

Im crying too but not just because of the story but because Bobbi looks just like my sons cat 8-Ball whom we lost a year ago. We miss 8-Ball very much and I never thought I'd ever see a cat with the same markings on its back like she did. Wonderful story, It almost makes me think that all is not lost.

May 16, 2010 Sad story, but he video made me smile
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

They are beautiful and Bobbi seems to be a wonderful mother. Not so surprising after all, because in colonies the mother cats will sometimes take care of each other's kittens. I only hope the bobcats won't outgrow her own children too soon... 😉

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May 14, 2010 Furby
by: Joyce Sammons

The babies remind me of baby Furby. We have bobtails in my area due to construction running animals out of their safe native areas. There's one living down in the woods behind my house.

Lola was that loving with Furby. If people were more like cats this would be a better world.

May 14, 2010 This will make you cry.
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Excellent educative video on "Cat conservation". The same method can be used for preserving the dwindling number of "Big Wild cats" by providing surrogate motherhood for the upbringing of "Zoo big cats", manny of whom are bad mothers, abandoning their cubs after birth.

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Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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