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.
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.
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.”
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.
Check out their most recent feeding video – Awwww!
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.