The Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch has received a very special guest that urgently needs your help. His name is Ulyses, and he is only ten weeks old. He has been separated from his mother and siblings, and the poor little guy has suffered some serious trauma in his short life.
Ulyses is a bobcat, and he already has a special place in the hearts of all of the staff members here at WCCR. You see, at this tender age, he has had a little altercation with a dog…that resulted in a compound fracture of his leg, and massive infection. This poor little wild one is terrified and alone, and he can’t even yet have a buddy to comfort him. For now, until his condition improves a bit, his stuffed animal is his closest companion.
The thought of this poor little guy terrified and hurting tugs at my heartstrings every time. Especially when all we can do is sit back, and support him on his journey 😦
Here at Crosstimbers, we do 90% of our medical treatment on site.
There are many reasons for this that I may go into in some future blog, but for right now, my main focus is to help this little one return to the wild. But in order to do that, I am going to have to solicit some help! To rehab a single (healthy) bobcat from kitten to release, costs more than $2,000 and over 12 months in feeding and maintenance alone. Any medical treatment or other operational care all comes at additional expense.
For Ulyses, the cost will probably be more than double that figure.
His tiny leg will be set in his heart emblazoned cast for at least the next six weeks, and he will need some heavy-duty antibiotics (as well as other medications) to battle the massive infection.
Supportive care will also include a special immune system supporting diet and eventually, physical therapy.
Little Ulyses had to be sedated for this procedure, so once his cast was secured, he was placed in isolation to recover from anaesthesia.
His ongoing care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy are going to be major hurdles for WCCR this year. The economy has put a squeeze on us all, and we are definitely feeling it. We are trying to raise $500 towards his ongoing care, and every cent helps.
If every person who read this blog donated just ten dollars, that total sum would mean a massive step towards going back to the wild for this amazing cat! Every bit helps! If you want to be a wildlife hero, click on that donate button on the right hand column! I know we can do this. Lets get Ulyses back to the wild, together!
We are slowly clearing out the things we don’t need at the ranch. There is still tons to do, but this time, we got a chance to take a breather, and remember what WCCR means to so many people. Spring is in full force, and the trees are slowly showing the fresh green leaves of the season.
The bobcats were fairly uninterested in us this week. They were far too busy lounging in the patches of sunlight filtering through the tree branches to bother with us. I was completely content with that too. We sat with them for hours, enjoying the gorgeous weather right along side the wild ones that have taught me so much.
In a rare occurence at the ranch, not only were we able to spend quite a long time with our teachers, but also to walk the woods on the back side of the grounds of WCCR. The grounds consist of 11 heavily wooded acres, and if you have time to observe the beauty of the woods, there are some truly gorgeous photo opportunities.
Tonight, I came home from work, and walked up the front drive to prepare to take care of Abigale. On the garden stones sat a little screech owl. Fearing he was injured, I hurried towards him. He flew up onto the storm drains on the edge of the house. Across from him, on the other side of the front door was another! They were very cute, and let me get very close. They stuck around long enough for me to get a few pictures.
The amount of wildlife living in my suburban neighborhood is really incredible. I do not think I have ever been this close to a wild (un-injured) screech owl before though. Very cool.
Anyway, back to Abigale. She is doing better. She is still lethargic, but eatting well. I do not know if it was wishful thinking or not, but after her first round of sub-q fluids, she seems to be feeling better, and her spine and ribs don’t feel so painfully apparent tonight.
She got another dose of sub-q (with a smaller gauge needle), and some more dinner. Tonight’s entries featured grapes, hard dog food, and two eggs. She LOVES eggs! What opossum wouldn’t? I like adding eggs to her food just because they are such a balanced, nutrient rich food. That is something she desperately needs at the moment.
One of these days, I will invest in a scale specifically for my rehab animals. I would have loved to known what she weighed when I brought her home, and what she weighs now, just to make it easier to see if she is making progress.