Bobcat that got into Monroe prison recuperating at wildlife center

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 9:12 PM

The bobcat that suffered razor-wire cuts breaking into a Washington state prison at Monroe is being treated at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington.

Prison officers said he climbed the complex walls Monday night and snagged himself the fence's razor wire.

By 6:00 a.m., the bobcat was corralled on the roof off the Special Offenders Unit. He was tranquilized and taken to the Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish. 

Dr. Roger Hancock helped sew up the cat's wounds, and said with a few more doses of antibiotics he should heal quickly.

"He'll be back out there. Not in Monroe, but he'll be further out in the woods where he won't get into any trouble," said Dr. Hancock.

The bobcat was transferred to the Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington.

Sarvey Executive Director Suzanne West said they estimate that the cat is about 6 months old.

"He was pretty thin and was probably not doing great when he got tangled up in the razor wire," she said.

West said it will likely be at least a month before the cat is ready to be released into the wild.

Once he is strong enough and there is no risk of infection he will be moved to an outside enclosure with no human contact.

"We want him wild," she said. "He was pretty spirited, though, so that was good."

Compiled by KING 5's Susan Wyatt, Lindsay Chamberlain, Natasha Ryan

 

 

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