MICHIGAN – On Tuesday, July 5, the Sault Animal Hospital, which is located on Ashmun Street in Sault Michigan received a unique and very adorable visitor – a male bobcat kitten.
The six- to eight-week-old kitten was brought to the clinic just after it was found swimming near the Neebish Island rock cut.
Obviously unable to escape the water due to the high rock walls that were there, the kitten reportedly climbed into the kayak in an effort to save itself, Dr. Jeff LaHuis told SooToday.
He explained the kitten is thin but healthy, and currently enjoying a diet of cat food.
He’ll soon begin to feed the young bobcat mice to help ensure it’s accustomed to the species’ natural diet.
Although the animal seems to tolerate human contact, LaHuis stated he’s trying to minimize its interaction with people so it can be successfully and rightly released back into the wild once it has been rehabilitated.
It’s only bitten him twice, he said jokingly.
As a licensed Michigan Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, the Sault Animal Hospital is no stranger at all to wild critters of all walks.
In addition to the male bobcat kitten, the facility is currently fostering an orphaned fawn and also a number of baby racoons, and regularly receives injured and sick owls, eagles and other birds of prey from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
While young wildlife is quite commonly found by humans and presumed orphaned or abandoned, LaHuis said that’s usually not the case.
Mothers will often leave their young ones unattended, especially deer and large preying birds, while they themselves go out to feed or hunt, he explained.
Unless an animal is obviously injured or in some kind of distress, the best course of action is to leave it be and contact the DNR.