Prior to her arrival at Safe Haven, Phoenix had been privately owned and residing in an apartment in Illinois from which she escaped. Upon catching her, the Department of Natural Resources contacted us to see if we could accept her as a resident. Of course, we said yes, making Phoenix our first permanent resident. At the time of her rescue, Phoenix was six years old. She is now 19 and has been diagnosed with diabetes, which we have been able to successfully maintain through medications.
Despite her age, Phoenix is still quite the hunter, easily catching ground squirrels and gopher snakes on a regular basis. She is very shy, and is not always willing to approach the fence when she hears her food coming. Often, she will not even touch her food until she knows that you are long gone and cannot watch her, making it tricky for her keepers when it comes time to deliver her medications. Luckily, over time, we’ve figured out ways of making her think we’re gone when we’re really just hiding behind her den.
Phoenix has been with us for 14 years.
Bobcats can be found throughout most the US and can live up to 15 years in the wild and up to 30 in captivity. Although generally solitary in the wild, female bobcats have been known to share overlapping territory. Although not considered endangered, they commonly fall victim to hunting and trapping due to their fine furs.
Common Name: Bobcat
Age: 20 years old
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