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Sick Bobcat Finally Set Free After Weeks of Rehab

Posted at: 05/12/2013 10:49 PM
Updated at: 05/12/2013 10:50 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A sick bobcat that was rescued nearly two months ago was finally released back into the wild.

In March, Linda Nervick found Bob north of Two Harbors weighing only 12 pounds and limping, but Sunday the cat was healthy and ready to be set free.

"I didn't think he was going to make it at one point, so to see him take off was just great," Nervick said.

Nervick, volunteers from Wildwoods Rehabilitation and others released the cat where he was initially found.

For the past two months, Bob has been nursed back to health at a rehabilitation center in central Minnesota. He slowly gained weight and muscle over time, and even started to become a little feisty.

"Bob, from what I understand, has a bit of an attitude right now," Wildwoods Board President Nancy Wolfe said.

Wolfe said that spunk is a good sign because it means the animal is healthy.

Back in March, Nervick gave Eyewitness News video of when she first spotted the cat and called rescuers with Wildwood Rehabilitation. Vets initially said the bobcat's future looked grim, but Nervick never lost hope.

"I hope he makes it," Nervick said. "I would love, absolutely love to see it released."

Sunday that dream became a reality. If you spot a sick animal, DNR officials urge people to call their local animal rehabilitation centers, such as Wildwoods. They also said to use caution because sick animals can still be dangerous.