(ANIMAL RESCUE) Firefighters cleaning up after the Chips Fire in Northern California encountered a helpless baby bobcat wandering along the side of the road this past weekend. The lost and confused bobcat—now named “Chips”—showed signs of impaired vision and second-degree burns on her paws and is now being nursed back to health at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care where she is expected to make a full recovery. Read on for more on this miraculous rescue. — Global Animal
This baby bobcat was rescued from the Chips Fire and is now being nursed back to health. Photo Credit: U.S. Forest Service

CBS Sacramento

LAKE ALMANOR – Firefighters mopping up at the Chips Fire discovered a baby bobcat in need of help, and now the kit is being nursed back to health by an animal rescue organization.

While conducting patrol and mop-up operations on the north end of the Chips Fire on Saturday, the Mad River Hand Crew encountered the baby bobcat wandering along the side of the road, alone and dazed.

“It seemed to be confused” said Tad Hair, the Mad River Hand Crew superintendent who spotted the kit. According to Hair, it was the size of a domestic kitten and seemed to have impaired vision, likely from the smoke and ash in its eyes.

“It was walking in circles near a stump,” said Hair.

Once they verified that there were no obvious physical injuries on the kit, the crew attempted to walk away, but she followed the sounds of their

Rescuer Tad Hair presents “Chips.” Photo Credit: U.S. Forest Service

movements. Each time the crew would stop, she would curl up on Hair’s boots, snuggling into his chaps, he said.

“I couldn’t just leave her there,” said Hair, who chose to name the kit “Chips.”

Hair brought Chips to the Incident Command Post, where it was suggested that Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) be called. Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is a non-profit organization in South Lake Tahoe “whose function is to raise, rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured wild birds and animals.”

Anna Thompson, a biology professor at Feather River College and a volunteer for LTWC, responded to the command post and arranged for Chips’ transport to LTWC headquarters, where professionals experienced in the care of bobcats examined her and treated her injuries.

Chips had her eyes flushed and was also treated for second-degree burns on her paws.

“We are optimistic that once the infection is clear, Chips will regain full vision in both eyes,” said Cheryl Millham, the center’s executive director.

The next step in the process, Millham said, is to ensure that Chips is exposed to other bobcats in order to learn appropriate behaviors.

“Because she is so very young, she will be sheltered throughout the winter, along with other bobcats,” Millham said.

When the staff deems it appropriate, Chips will be released back into the wild.

More CBS: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/08/29/baby-bobcat-rescued-from-ashes-in-aftermath-of-chips-fire/

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  1. Awwwwwwww, Poor thing, Now She has no Mother who most likely died in the fire by the sounds of it, Awwww & @ such a young age, She still needs Her Mothers milk poor thing

    Thanks 4 taking Chips in 4 help, U could have just left Her there thinking 2 let nature take it course, I’m sure She asked 4 U’r help big time by laying on Your boots etc, Bless Her heart

    I feel if a Human is present then Y not help, U can B it’s guardian Angel when in time of need, Y not if U are there then NO HARM done, It’s All good 4 the animal, who is more worthy then most humans that’s 4 darn sure

    I’m sure She’s ok now with All the help & care & of course love, how can U not love Her, Bless Her heart
    Bless U all who help out the Animals especially the wild life, They deserve it 2 ♥ :@)