Bobcat

A North American Bobcat arrived at the Tufts University Wildlife Clinic on July 24th after being hit by a car in Sheffield, MA. He was found lying in the middle of the road and assumed to be dead. Good Samaritans stopped to investigate and noticed that the bobcat was still alive. They transported him to a local Veterinarian who took radiographs and administered shock therapy to the animal. The bobcat was then brought to Tufts Wildlife Clinic for further care.

When the bobcat arrived, it was alert but quiet and was not observed to be using his back legs. The Wildlife Clinic staff sedated the bobcat for a full examination, more radiographs and bloodwork. On physical examination, the bobcat was noted to be very pale and hypothermic, with many small lacerations around his face.

Radiographs showed a dislocated right hip and fractures of the pelvis. The bobcat also had pneumothorax, or air in the chest cavity that can be caused by blunt force trauma to the lungs. The bobcat was started on antibiotics and pain medications. Because the pneumothorax was mild, no treatment other than cage rest was instituted. The lacerations on his face were cleaned and sutured.

The Surgery Department at the Tufts Small Animal Hospital was consulted and the orthopedic surgeons were optimistic about repair options for this cat. They volunteered their services and the bobcat went to surgery on July 31st. The dislocated hip was repaired and the pelvic fractures were left to heal on their own. The bobcat recovered well from surgery and remained at the Clinic for several weeks to ensure he was strong enough for release back out in the wild.

He was released near where he was found by October, with a radio collar and has been tracked by a biologist at MA Fisheries and Wildlife.

For more information on Bobcats in Massachusetts visit the following website: http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife/living/living_with_bobcats.htm

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