(WHITEWATER, Kan.) — A baby bobcat found in Whitewater over the weekend, will be turned over to an animal rehabilitator. The six week old bobcat showed up in Ronald Mayberry's yard Saturday. "It was about to fall over. I had my granddaughters get some milk and water for it," he said. Since then, they've taken care of it even feeding it hot dogs. "You don't want to get around her when she gets a hold of those hot dogs."
While it's all cute and snugly right now, it won't be a family pet for long. "Don't stick your hand by his mouth, he bites remember," Ronald Mayberry reminds his grandson. There are constant reminders that they're dealing with a wild animal. "Do you heard that growling? She's real frisky now," he said.The family was willing to take care of the bobcat until they found someone who would take it in and promise not to put it down. "I want her to have a chance." Eyewitness News contacted an animal rehabilitator near Pretty Prairie. Abbie Wisdom-Williams is a licensed rehabilitator through the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. She's agreed to take the bobcat. She plans to help it prepare to go back into the wild. She will pick it up in Whitewater Tuesday. Until then, the Mayberry's will enjoy the little time they have with the wild pet.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offers a list of licensed animal rehabilitators state wide. The KDWP prefers people leave wild animals alone. But if that's not possible, they suggest you contact one of the experts on the list.