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!
For the third time this week, WCCR’s sub-permitees have received fresh shipments of orphan raccoons. The first pair was a male and female, their eyes just opened. The second set is five two-week old raccoons. One girl, and four boys. The large litter was separated into two groups. Bella and Carlos were kept together, and the other three stayed together, and went to another sub.
Baby raccoons all look incredibly similar, so separating them not only makes it easier to tell which of the crew has already been fed, but it helps with monitoring their health. At this age, the risk of aspiration (when they suckle so vigorously that they inadvertently inhale some formula) is very high, and immediate action must be taken, or one risks loosing the baby very quickly. So, separating the large litter into two smaller groups (while still ensuring the babies have a buddy) works out beautifully.
The day after these five came in, four toddlers also came in. That is eleven babies that I have picked up in the course of one week! The odd thing is, this is really the only species we are seeing at the moment. That is bound to change quickly, but I am still waiting for the bobkittens to show up! We haven’t had any since the end of last year!
But this is just the beginning…there will be a LOT more babies coming in very soon!
Raccoon twins! These guys were found inside a wall at an appartment complex, the mother no where to be found according to management. Their eyes have JUST opened.
There is a boy and a girl. As soon as they arrived at the shelter, sub-q fluids were administered. These two have been picked up by a WCCR certified rehabilitator, and are in good hands. Raccoons are difficult to rehabilitate as singles, so these guys are very fortunate that they are together. Generally, if we get a single orphan in, we transfer it to someone who has one or more near the same age.
Raccoons are very social, and NEED siblings to thrive. I may not be able to get any more pictures of these guys to update you on their progress, but what an adorable way to kick off baby season!…I told you it was coming!
Baby raccoons can be expensive to rehabilitate. They stay on formula for a long time, and need lots of things to keep their minds entertained, and a raccoon rehabilitator must be very careful not to imprint these incredibly adorable animals.