Bobcats in UI care to leave soon

Bobcats in UI care to leave soon

Two orphaned baby bobcats that have been staying at the University of Illinois will soon be on their way.

The kittens were found on a train in Tuscola late last month, and the UI Wildlife Medical Clinic has been caring for them since then.

Vet student and clinic staffer Nicki Rosenhagen said the bobcats came to the clinic healthy, but thin and scared.  But now, the animals have doubled in weight and are in stable condition.

Now, Rosenhagen said the next step is to get the animals acting like normal bobcats would.

Rosenhagen added that caring for the bobcats has been a unique learning experience that the clinic probably won't see again for a long time.

On Wednesday, the kittens will be taken to a rehab center near Alton where they can get specialized care.  Rosenhagen said she's not sure where the bobcats will be released after they leave the center.

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