Posts Tagged ‘Animal Sanctuaries’

“Kitten” found on road is actually a “bobkitten”

June 10, 2008

R.J., a baby bobcat, is as cute as a kitten. But that’s part of the problem. The animal, who was found by a trucker on the side of a road, has become so friendly with humans that he can never return to the wild.

The bobcat is the newest resident of Lions, Tigers & Bears, a wildcat sanctuary east of Alpine. He arrived at the refuge this week after being picked up from a family in Anaheim.

The bobcat will remain at the refuge for the rest of his life because he doesn’t fear people, putting himself and humans at risk, said Bobbi Brink, founder and director of the sanctuary.

“He’ll walk right up to you,” she said. “He wouldn’t survive.”

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A Rescued Goat Gets a Chance for a Normal Life

May 2, 2008

They are both amputees: She lost part of her right leg to bone cancer at the age of 10, and he lost part of his left leg four months ago because of an injury he most likely suffered at a Brooklyn slaughterhouse.

Her name is Jenny Brown, and she is a 36-year-old television producer turned animal rights advocate. His name is Albie, and he is a goat of unknown age and breed.

They met last August, after Albie was plucked from Prospect Park and taken to the animal sanctuary Ms. Brown has owned here since 2004. Albie was malnourished and sickly at the time, his mouth covered in sores, his leg and hoof badly infected, Ms. Brown recalled. His injuries seemed to indicate that he had been hogtied before he broke free and made his way to the park.

Ms. Brown said that she tried to save Albie’s leg, treating it with ointments and homeopathic remedies, but that the wound would not heal. In December, Albie’s leg was amputated just above the knee.

He is now awaiting a prosthesis, a very rare indulgence for a farm animal. And the same technician who fitted Ms. Brown with a new artificial leg is also designing Albie’s.

“I’ve been an amputee for most of my life, but I can run a farm, I can wrestle animals, I can carry bales of hay, thanks to modern prosthetics,” Ms. Brown said. “I thought it would be only fair to give Albie the same chance to live a normal life.”

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