Tornado hits the Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch
Last night, right before 2:30 am, a tornado touched down on the grounds of WCCR. The barn cats, the ranch dogs, and our intrepid leader all hunkered down in the corner of the most protected hallway in the ranch house, and waited out the storm. They would not know till light of day the status of the wild ones braving the storm outside. She has been up since then assessing the damage, removing tree limbs from the road, and repairing enclosures.
Happily, all of the wild ones, and even the chickens and peacocks are safe and accounted for. The long terms were all very frazzled and very scared. They needed plenty of reassurance that everything was okay, and that nothing bad was going to happen. We spent ample time with each bobcat, making sure they got the reassurance they needed.
We checked the structural integrity of the enclosures, ensuring that they were not in need of repairs, and assessed the grounds. Trees were broken and splintered, things were broken and strewn across the ground, fences were destroyed, and some enclosures now need repairs. The ranch house suffered too. The chimney is broken, the sky lights and some of the windows are shattered, and we were without electricity for the majority of the day. The poor pinky squirrel on a heating pad in the house was freezing…we had to use the last of the hot water to fill up a bottle for him, wrap it in a towel, and put it in the box with him and hope the power came back on before his water bottle went cold.
Luckily, the power came back on this afternoon. The damages are fairly extensive, and it is looking like it is going to be about $20,000 in repairs. In the excitement, we were unable to make the run out to Fort Worth to pick up additional diet for the bobcats. We were hoping that someone would be able to help us with that today, but unfortunately, no one could make it out.
We are now seeking people willing to come out and volunteer to help us make repairs and clean up the grounds after this storm. Monetary donations to assist with enclosure and grounds repairs would be enormously appreciated as well in this time of need for WCCR. If you can help, please let us know. Any help is greatly appreciated.