RICHMOND, Va. -A Virginia woman took a bobcat with her to work on Thanksgiving morning after accidentally striking it with her car, according to officials.
Richmond Animal Care and Control say a woman, who was driving over 50 miles from Gloucester to Richmond, knew she hit something on her way to work, but it wasn’t until she parked her car that she found the large and unexpected stow-away lodged in the grill of her Prius.
Richmond Animal Care and Control says the animal miraculously survived a nearly hour-long road trip with only a small scrape on his back.
Richmond Animal Care and Control officers, with help on the phone from the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, say they worked to sedate and free the big kitty from the woman’s car and then transported him to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for treatment and release.
Further examination revealed the bobcat suffered a large laceration on its back.
The cut was so deep, ligaments and muscle were exposed. It also suffered bruised lungs.
“The following morning, Dr. Alexa was happy to find that the bobcat was extremely feisty. Dr. Alexa sedated the bobcat again for additional wound treatments, and removed the IV catheter. The bobcat was moved to the Center’s outdoor Bear Pen enclosure so that the staff could continue to safely monitor the bobcat,” the spokesperson said. “Throughout the weekend, the bobcat remained bright and alert, with no additional signs of vision loss or head trauma. As of Sunday afternoon, the bobcat still hadn’t eaten on her own, which could be due to the stress of being in captivity; the adult bobcat may also not be interested in food that she hasn’t caught herself!”
Wildlife Center of Virginia officials said they were hopeful the bobcat would be released as early as next month.
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