Blind Bobcats Rescued

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 9:17am

Shelter takes in two wild kittens, both blind.

Two young bobcats, both blinded after being hit by cars, are being rehabilitated under the care of Big Cat Rescue in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Their plight is increasingly common, according to Big Cat Rescue president Jamie Murdock, because bobcats tend to live near humans.

The first bobcat, known as Rufus, is 4-months-old and was brought to the rehabilitation center in February from South Carolina.

His blindness is permanent, his rescuers say, so he will remain at Big Cat Rescue.

The second bobcat is female and doesn't have a name yet.

She was rescued March 6 by a mine supervisor who realized she was hurt, trapped her and called the center.

The female bobcat is suffering from malnutrition and parasites, but Murdock says she may recover her eyesight.

The center has called in a veterinary eye specialist to help her.

If her eyesight comes back, Big Cat Rescue will prepare her to return to the wild.

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