The Fawn and the Bobcat

©2009 drkate

I’m still traveling and not quite done with my next major post.  In the meantime, please enjoy this story.  Hat tip to my friend Pat who sent along this touching story from a friend:

The Jesusita Fire in  Santa Barbara ,  CA  last week caused these two to take shelter together. The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. The fawn came from somewhere in the fire and the bobcat from Carpentaria.

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They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.

An extremely alert reader reported that Animal Planet is reporting the bobcat kitten was rescued near Arnold Schwarzeneggers ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death.

They rescued the fawn during last weeks wildfire. Although wild animals, especially of separate species, are never placed together due to regulations, in this emergency situation, they had no choice.  During the mayhem of the fire, they were forced to put animals anywhere they could, since they had run out of crates large enough for the fawn. The kitten ran to the fawn, and it was instant bonding.

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8 Responses to “The Fawn and the Bobcat”


  1. 1 SeniorBuzz September 4, 2009 at 7:20 am

    What a wonderful picture DrKate. Gave me a really heasrtwarming feelinga about the meaning of life.

    Reminds me that, decades ago, my brother ended up with a fawn as a pet. It was part of his family, dogs, cats. It grew into a beautiful buck, which created a serious problem, during hunting season, in an area where everyone carries their deer rifle, on a rear windwow rack, in their pickups. Their pet buck liked to ride in the back of my brother’s pickup, and my brother would frequently drive around on his 3 acres, with the buck in the back. My sister-in-law loves to tell the story of the Sears repairman, who after fixing their washing machine, found a beautiful legal buck standing up in the back of his pickup (yes, he did have his rifle in the truck). He did leave with a picture of him standing by the truck, rifle in hand, with the legal buck standing in his pickup, behind him. Of course, he couldn’t tell the authorities.

    There’s a lot more to this story, but I want to stop hogging the thread.

  2. 2 Mary September 5, 2009 at 12:02 am

    My nearest neighbors are the deer and wild turkeys. One of “our” fawns has a severely broken leg. Though I would gladly pay for veterinary care, several years ago it became illegal for vets to treat “wild” animals.

    I’m heartbroken contemplating the fate of this poor innocent.

    • 3 Ali (Alikat/Alleycat) September 5, 2009 at 12:36 am

      Mary, what about wildlife rescue? Here in Texas we have several wildlife rescue volunteers who are licensed to treat wildlife.

  3. 4 Ali (Alikat/Alleycat) September 5, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Thank you Dr. Kate for sharing this story. A nice warm reprieve — those furbabies touch the soul.

  4. 5 Mary September 6, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Ali,

    Great idea. I’ll check it out ASAP. Fingers crossed.

  5. 6 Mary September 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Ali,

    Called Wildlife Care, the only refuge hereabouts. They said that at 3 months, the fawn is bigger than they can accomodate. Poor beautiful baby.

    Thanks, Ali, from the little one and me.


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