- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A bobcat kitten that was struck by a car will soon head back to Indiana following treatment at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

The wildcat was hit by a car in November as she crossed a road near Bloomington, Indiana, with her mother and a sibling. She was brought to Illinois for surgery to repair a fractured pelvis.

The university’s veterinary school says the bobcat will return to Indiana on Sunday, The (Champaign) News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/20jbfSd ) reported.

After surgery, the bobcat received six weeks of care with volunteers at the university’s wildlife medical clinic. Dr. Nicki Rosenhagen, an intern at the clinic, said the bobcat was moved into a larger enclosure earlier this month because she was healing well.

“There’s a Christmas tree in there,” she said. “She loves it. She hides under it.”

The bobcat had been turned over to the care of WildCare Inc., a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Bloomington, Indiana, after she was struck. Rosenhagen said the next step is transferring the wildcat back to WildCare Inc. to get her ready to be released back into the wild this spring.

“She’s ready to go. She just needs to build some strength. She’s mostly healed,” Rosenhagen said.

University wildlife clinic medical director Julia Whittington has said previously that there was a good chance the kitten can be reunited with her mother and sibling once she recovers.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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