(Just Released!) Bobcat Kittens Found Under Pile Of Burnt Logs Rescued By Florida Rehab Teams

While Tropical Storm Alberto threatened the Florida panhandle over Memorial Day weekend 2018, 2 young bobcat kittens were also facing unknown odds. Milton, FL is a small town just west of Eglin Air Force Base. It is here that a 100 acre fire sadly separated the 2 felines from their mother. Due to population increases, the area was being cleared for a housing development.

This all to common occurrence is overtaking the natural habitats of Florida’s native big cats, forcing them to flee.

Fatefully, a bulldozer operator discovered the abandoned kittens under a pile of burnt logs. He contacted a local rescuer, Christine Scott of Raccoon & Wild Mammal Rescue, Inc. She believes that their mother was moving her litter during the burn and unfortunately ran out of time before the flames took over. Searches for the displaced family turned up no other cats however.

Photo Credit: Big Cat Rescue

Caring for bobcat kittens is not an easy task and Christine wasn’t sure where to begin. She searched online for any advice she could find. That is when she discovered Big Cat Rescue, in Tampa, FL. She contacted BCR on Sunday May 27th who happened to be filming a live video when the phone rang.

Jamie Veronica, President of BCR was not going to let a tropical storm stop her from saving these precious souls! Even if her destination was in the center of the storms path. She set off bright and early the next morning on the 6 ½ hour journey to pick up the kittens. 

The brave trio arrived back in Tampa late that same evening safe and sound.

The bobcat kittens were named Bravo and Tango out of respect for the day of remembrance.

Now begins the long months of helping the siblings thrive and prepare them for release. Staff and volunteers stay as quiet as can be during bottle feeding times for Bravo and Tango.

At only 2-3 weeks old, the kittens need to be fed every 4 hours! BCR explains that staying quiet will “reduce the amount of noise and human contact so they stay good candidates for release.”

 

Feeding Baby Bobcat

Meet Bravo and Tango, our newest rehab bobcat kittens. Watch as these 2 1/2 week old kittens get bottle fed and introduced to raw meat.

Posted by Big Cat Rescue on Friday, June 1, 2018

The babies will receive full medical treatments and regular checkups to ensure their health stays on track. It will take approximately a year and a half to teach these kittens the important skills to survive in the wild.

Bravo and Tango get a check up from Dr. Justin! https://bigcatrescue.org/bravotango/

Posted by Big Cat Rescue on Thursday, May 31, 2018

Releasing the trained kittens back in to the wild is a task unto itself. They must be released into the county they were rescued from. Fortunately, Christine Scott has a close connection to a local Indian tribe in Santa Rosa county. They will welcome the bobcats onto their land where they can live safely and will not be hunted.

You can follow the story of Bravo and Tango on Big Cat Rescue’s Facebook page here.

Check out their most recent feeding video – Awwww! 

Bravo and Tango the Bobcat Kittens

Bravo and Tango the Bobcat Kittens are so cute they are breaking the Internet. Find out about their sad rescue story at BigCatRescue.org/BravoTango

Posted by Big Cat TV on Thursday, June 7, 2018

The growing cats can also be viewed on the 24 hour live feeds that the organization shares with the world at BigCatCams.com. So CUTE!

Learn more about Big Cat Rescue and their live saving Bobcat rehab program and see how you can help save this beautiful Florida big cat. 

~ UPDATE APRIL 2019 ~

It’s been a little less than a year and the two brothers absolutely flourished at Big Cat Rescue. With the love and attention of the staff and volunteers, they’ve grown into gorgeous–safe–bobcats. For the followers of the sanctuary, they have spent the last 11 months watching every moment.

Photo: Tango @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident
Photo: Bravo @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

They celebrated Bravo and Tango’s first month on this earth. It is amazing what these scary little bobcats had been through already. 

Photo: @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

Soon, they were growing–and growling–to everyone’s delight on the 24 hour live rehab bobcat feeds.

Photo: @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

The pair were sure to turn up the adorable factor, because really, how could they not?!

Photo: @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

But they were sure to remind everyone how wild they REALLY are with their antics. Especially their desire to catch those teasing squirrels who stayed just out of their reach! 

As the months flew by, the time approached for the boys to be released back into the wild, where they belong. 

On April 9th, 2019, the BCR crew granted their wish, releasing the pair. Appropriate as it’s National Siblings Day on April 10th! As always, it is a whirlwind of emotions for the humans. And as expected, a whirlwind of fur bolting back into the brush.

Photo: @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

They were released into an undisclosed location that was just purrfect for the siblings. One of the difficult steps in rehabbing bobcats, is finding these locations. It must be at least 40 acres, have fresh water and plenty of prey.

Photo: @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

Laws restricting the release in the county they are found in must be followed. Big Cat Rescue coordinated with the landowners to approve releasing them in the ideal location.

Photo: @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

Although they may remain close for the time being, it’s possible the two will wander off now that they are truly free.

Photo: @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

There was plenty of everything they would need to survive in the wild, hopefully for many many years to come. 

Congratulations to Big Cat Rescue for another successful bobcat rehab and release!!! Never to be forgotten, congrats to Bravo and Tango! You’ve come a LONG way from being found under a burnt pile of logs <3

Photo: @bigcatrescue / @bigcatrescuepresident

REMEMBER: BIG CATS DON’T MAKE GOOD PETS; THEY BELONG IN THE WILD!

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One Comment

  1. Thank you, BCR Staff for saving those sweet and beautiful animals, and doing so in a wise and loving manner. That’s awesome they got to you.
    Also, Christine and buldozer operator have their part in this story with sad begining, but a happy ending. Thanks to you too!
    Lots of love,

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