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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

(Newser) – 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.

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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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