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Stray cat becomes foster mother for rescued bobcat kittens

April 29, 2010 |  3:59 pm

Bobcat kittens with their foster mother, Bobbi

TAMPA, Fla. — Three infant bobcats found orphaned in Alabama have been adopted by a house cat in Tampa.

A hunter reportedly found the small cats alone in the woods earlier this month and took them to a veterinarian. Big Cat Rescue in Tampa took in the kittens, whose eyes were still closed when they were found.

Big Cat Rescue staff determined the bobcats were so young that they would need another feline to take care of them. Luckily, the Suncoast Animal League had a stray named Bobbi whose six kittens had just started eating solid food.

When staff members introduced Bobbi to the three bobcats, she almost immediately began to nurse them.

Big Cat Rescue plans to release the bobcats into the wild after 18 months, when they'll be old enough to hunt.

-- Associated Press

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Photo: The bobcat kittens with Bobbi at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fla., on April 28. Credit: Kate Caldwell / Associated Press

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