Hoover is our oldest resident. Hoover and his brother Kirby set the wheels for NBRR in motion. This year, Hoover is nine years old. His brother Kirby was placed in an AZA accredited facility www.aza.org along with another bobcat from Crosstimbers.
Many cats come here. The ones not suitable for release often move on to other facilities where they can become ambassadors for their amazing species.
When Hoover was little, he and his brother Kirby suffered from toxoplasmosis http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/. Their bout with this parasite left lingering affects. In Kirby, his vision was affected. In Hoover, his balance. Both of these senses are essential for a wild bobcat to thrive. Kirby is well suited to his current environment. Hoover remains here with us. Our gentle old man. Hoover sees himself as a six-week old kitten. He thinks he is still tiny, and that if he jumps into your arms, you should be there to catch him. he loves new scents, and new people, and basically ignores his keepers.
For Crosstimbers, Hoover reminds us why we open our doors to these under protected, misunderstood animals. He is gentle, quiet, and well-loved by all who know him. He is also our most photogenic cat, and loves his room-mate, Lenny!
Bobcats can live more than 30 years in captivity. here is wishing Hoover many more long, happy, healthy years!