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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Baby Bobcat "Chips" Rescued By Hot-Shots

Burned Baby Bobcat Rescued By California Firefighters, Doing Well.

Chips right after rescue on Chips Fire Division M
Credit USFS
What: A female bobcat kitten apparently abandoned by mother during the chaos of a California wildfire has been rescued by firefighters and taken to a shelter for treatment of burns. There was no adult bobcat in the area, so the injured animal was taken to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care for treatment of second-degree burns on her paws.
Chips was found in Division M by Madriver Hand crew Superintendent Tad Hair (pictured here holding the cat). Photo by the USFS 























Who: Members of the Mad River Hand Crew were patrolling the north end of the 74,000-acre Chips Fire in Plumas National Forest when they found the bobcat on Saturday.
 Crew superintendent Tad Hair says the animal is about the size of a domestic kitten and was walking in circles near a stump.

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