As you may or may not know, Theo, our little starlet, has always had a difficult time living outside. Well, to be honest, Theo has always had a hard time! He has had so many close calls and near misses in his short life thus far, that it should come as no surprise that our little guy with such a delicate constitution would have a hard time adjusting to life outdoors.
At a certain age, it just isn’t very feasible to keep a bobcat inside. For our wildlife center, we keep our baby bobs indoors till a certain age. Just as a mother bobcat would keep her kits in their den, we keep them inside the nursery. Bobkits are quite sensitive, and need close supervision to monitor health and well-being. After they pass that certain delicate age, and they begin to grow more adventurous and rambunctious, they begin their slow transition to outdoor living, usually in preparation to becoming wild again.
Theo really is no exception, other than he would never survive release. Alas, our attempts to transition him to outdoor living were exceedingly stressful to his delicate constitution, so, he was moved back indoors for his health and safety. The one problem with this scenario is that Theo is now an energetic young bobcat, and Crosstimber’s indoor enclosures are not really suitable for longterm residency…mostly, it is our nursery, and our ICU area for our invalid residents. Neither one suits Theo any longer.
So, our director came up with the idea to create an indoor/outdoor enclosure for Theo. This would give ranch staff the ability to keep a close eye on Theo, and also provide him with the space he needs. One of our awesome staff members designed and built a wonderful enclosure for Theo.
Of course, he had a little help
And of course, in true Crosstimbers Wildlife fashion, the entire thing was built out of reclaimed lumber.
It was specially selected and designed for Theo’s comfort, and has a great view overlooking the turtle garden!
Once it was complete, it was painted a lovely shade of green, and Theo was out exploring it in no time!
That is the face of one happy bobcat!
The best part is, that great window in his enclosure serves as a causeway for him to come and go into the temperature controlled building! Soon it will have a more permanent door 🙂
August 22, 2012 | Categories: 501(c)3, bobcat rescue, Dallas Wildlife Rescue, environment, Fort Worth Wildlife Rescue, North American Bobcat, The Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch, WCCR, wildlife rehabilitation | Tags: animal enclosure, animal outreach, bobcat, build, carpenter, carpentry, donation, education, education animal, Enclosure, enrichment, Health, national bobcat rescue and rehabilitation, native texas, native wildlife, nbrr, new from old, non-profit, operant conditioning, outreach, Porpoise, Raccoon, re-purpose, Recreation, recycle, reduce, reuse, socialization, Songhees First Nation, special needs animal, special needs bobcat, Texas Wildlife, texas wildlife rehabilitation, The Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch, Theo, Theo van Gogh (art dealer), Vancouver, Victoria, wildlife education, wildlife habitat, wildlife rehabilitation | Leave a comment