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!
The volunteers at WCCR are hard at work this spring! We are working to re-organize, re-design, and re-fresh! New flower beds have been constructed, bases around the trees in front of the house have been added, giving the grounds a more park like appearance, and a mini-nursery for plants has gone up behind the house.
We are trying to get all of the stuff out that we are not going to need for the bobcats this year, which means we will be giving away a lot of stuff to other re-habbers, and sub-permitees of WCCR. Hopefully, our little band of supporters will be able to find the funding we need to keep our doors open this coming season, and we will continue moving towards our goals.
We have other revenue plans that we would love to implement, but we must find the funding to purchase our property before we can move forward any further. It has been an extremely frustrating battle, but we aren’t giving up!
We are going to keep beautifying, and keep working to keep this place going. I do not know what the future holds, but I would love to think that we can continue operations.
On the way to Terrell, with Abigale in the passenger seat, I stopped in Dallas to pick up a new opossum from another rehabber. They rode together in Abigale’s carrier up to WCCR, and got aquainted in their new enclosure.
Abigale is still thin, and not acting quite normal. She got wormed today, and a fresh plate of food. Wet cat food! Yum!
This is Opossum Hollow. WCCR is equiped to handle massive amounts of wildlife. Last year, more than 4,000 animals came through our doors. The first enclosure is the only one with opossums in it. Normally, durring the busy season, all of these would have opossums in them. Right now, Abigale, and her new room mate (named Betty) are the only ones.
Betty will probably only be in the enclosure for a few more days to let her ged aclemated to her new surroundings. Abigale will be okay though. Opossums are pretty solitary. They enjoy their alone time 🙂
I cover her head with a blanket while I am doing this just to help her feel more secure and calm. Most of the time she just sits and lets me do my thing. Tonight, she actually reacted to the fluids being administered for the first time. This is a good sign. It means she is feeling much better.
After, she poked her head out of the blanket to inspect my work. Her body condition has improved dramatically over the past few days. The points of her hips and spine are far less defined than they were three days ago, and her ribs now have an almost normal pad of flesh over them. Her apetite is really good. She eats every scrap of food I put infront of her, and I have been filling the bowl.
Tonight is more soaked dog food, fresh greens, a raw egg, some grapes, and carrot pieces. I expect the bowl will be empty by morning. I am glad she is eatting so well. She needs all the nutrition she can get.
I still plan on worming her this weekend and then maybe it will be time for her to be wild again. She is almost ready!