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!
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.