Status:Female Bobcat - Permanent Injury or Illness, Released
Age:10 year(s), 11 month(s)
Darlean came to us on 03/22/09 and was brought to us by law enforcement, animal control, or game warden who found it in the wild.
For those of you who love stories about fortitude and courage, Darlean's story is the one for you! On March 22nd, 2009, this cat was caught by an animal services officer and taken to the Hollifield Learning Center in Plano.
Frisco Animal Services had recieved numerous calls over a period of months about this bobcat. Two months ago, we actually spoke with them, and asked them to ramp up their efforts to catch her. Finally, they were sucessful, and we could begin Darlean's rehabilitation!
Darlean, as she is named for identification purposes, arrived in serious condition. She was missing a hind foot, presumably lost on a jaw trap. These traps are highly illegal and extremely inhumane. Though her injury was an older one, it had become repeatedly re-injured in her day to day fight for survival.
She is suffering from infection, malnutrition, and exhaustion, but her prognosis is good. We project an estimation of seven months worth of rehabilitation. Darlean must learn to adapt, and live in the wild with the use of only three legs. We will be building her a special enclosure called a vertical cage. This will force her body, over the next 2-3 months, to strengthen her remaining hind leg, and provide her with the muscle tone required to carry her while running, hunting, and climbing.
After her stay in her vert cage, she will be moved out with other juvenile cats around her same age. This new enclosure will also be built to specifications to continue her physical therapy on a larger scale. It will be a long process, but she is a very stron animal with a wonderfully wild spirit. We expect to release her in the Fall. Check back on updates and new information on Darlean and the other bobcats in our care!
Our appologies for lack of pictures and videos of Darlean, but our commitment must first be to her and her comfort durring her stay here with us, and those activities frighten her.
If you haven't visited CaRo's page, you really should! He is the other cat that arrived this week. His is a very special story too.
April 4th, 2009 Darlean's Vert Cage is finished!
Darlean's new vert cage is finished today! We were very excited to get her moved out of her static caging that she has been in since her arrival. We have pretty much left her alone in her cage and a small hiding box while she heals, to prevent desensitizing her to human activity.
April 6, 2009
Darlean is doing wonderfully well! She is healing nicely, and has been moved into her new custom cage. Like a gymnast in training, Darlean will spend several months here building the muscle tone in her good leg. This will also allow her to easily carry the leg with the missing foot up higher to prevent it from banging on the ground, and re-injuring the leg.
By forcing her from horizontal motion, to vertical, it will teach her to become comfortable keeping her injured leg out of the way, and increasing her agility while building strength in her good leg. We will be reassesing her injury later this week to determine wether we can do anything further to expedite her recovery.
April 17th, 2009
Though Darlean continues to improve, her leg bleeds on a regular basis, and we are beginning to fear the need for full amputation. Since our wildlife policies focus on what is best for the animal, the likelyhood that we would put her through that much trauma with no guarantee that it would allow her to return to the wild where she desires to be is slim.
However, we are not giving up! We remain hopeful that her wound will heal on it's own, and we have decided on a more agressive treatment. This treatment program will prevent us from releasing her in the same human populated area where she was captured due to the regular handling that will be required. Our focus is to help her retain her fear of humans throughout her rehabilitation journey. We will remain focused on a positive prognosis, and keep our goal set on her release.
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