Rescuers Thought They Were Kittens. Then They Attacked

Bobcat cubs bit 3 would-be rescuers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 10, 2018 3:22 AM CDT
Rescuers Bitten After Mistaking Bobcat for Kittens
This May 7, 2018 photo provided by the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Department shows two bobcat cubs, one in back only partially visible.   (City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Department via AP)

Three well-meaning people suffered bites when the kittens they rescued after hearing them mewling in a San Antonio alley turned out to be ravenous bobcat cubs. The caretakers found the blue-eyed, stub-tailed pair of young bobcats on Saturday and, thinking they were Bengal kittens, took them in. They fed the bobcats milk from pet-feeding bottles, but realized something was amiss when the aggressive animals tore the bottles apart and bit them, the AP reports. They called animal control officers and a wildlife rescue group took the wild cats away.

Workers initially planned wait in the alley, hoping to find the mother and reunite her with the cubs. The animals were later quarantined and taken to a wildlife rescue center, KSAT reports. "Wildlife really should remain IN THE WILD and it's up to us to help make that happen!" San Antonio Animal Care Services said in a Facebook post. "These bobcat kittens are now orphaned and under quarantine with our partners at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation because someone thought they looked like house cats." (A motorist in Arizona was trapped by an owl she tried to rescue.)

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