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Injured Bobcat 'Oscar' Treated at Cornell-| Star-Gazette


Animals  (tags: bobcat, operation, animalwelfare, doctors, rescued )

Raffi
- 1937 days ago - stargazette.com
Elusive, stealthy and fiercely independent, Oscar probably never intended to put his life in the hands of humans. But an unfortunate collision with a car in Albany landed the bobcat on a hospital table at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals



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Raffi LidoRoiz (312)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 7:18 pm
Injured bobcat 'Oscar' treated at Cornell

Elusive, stealthy and fiercely independent, Oscar probably never intended to put his life in the hands of humans.
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But an unfortunate collision with a car in Albany landed the bobcat on a hospital table at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, and subsequently on the front page of a wildlife rescue blog.

Doctors at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine were recently given the chance to restore the injured bobcat's ability to walk when a wildlife rehabilitator brought him to the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center.

It was a rare case for the medics, who don't often get to see such elusive nocturnal predators.

Oscar, as named by staff at the New York Wildlife Rescue Center in Middleburgh, had suffered a fractured pelvis and broken femur. With financial support from the Feline Health Center, the Janet L. Wildlife Health Center and the hospital, the cat underwent orthopedic surgery on June 19.

During the three-hour operation, surgeons Stuart Bliss and Heather Knapp-Hoch removed the head and neck of the femur, and stabilized the fractured portion of the pelvis with application of a steel plate with seven screws.

"Not only was the cat in pain, but his ability to survive as a functioning, highly athletic, predatory animal depends on a successful surgical outcome," said Dr. Knapp-Hoch, a resident with the small animal surgery unit at the CUHA. "This was an excellent opportunity to focus on finding the best surgical method to preserve the animal's ability to run and jump, while at the same time minimizing the chance of long term complications; indeed, his ability to live in the wild will depend upon both."

The surgeons expect it will take between six and eight weeks for Oscar to heal, and according to a blog that is monitoring his recovery and taking donations to offset the costs of surgery, www.nywildliferescue. blogspot.com, the bobcat is doing well.

"It is not always easy (or cheap) to do what is right, I am glad that Cornell helped us help this cat," wrote rescue center founder Wes Laraway. "He is a young cat that is definitely worth saving."
 

Jamie L. (195)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 7:25 pm
awww... Thanks Raffi!
 

Elainna Crowell (174)
Wednesday July 1, 2009, 12:01 am
Inspirational, I hope the surgery works!
 

Simone D. (1485)
Wednesday July 1, 2009, 3:06 pm
Thank you Raffi.
 

. (0)
Wednesday July 1, 2009, 11:14 pm
thanks Raffie,I too hope and pray that the surgery works and Oscar heals good and fast
 

Elm Morrison (357)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 1:16 pm
He will run and jump again. A gift of money made this possible, and vets with steady hands and clever ideas has given this 'kitty' its life back again. thank you Raffi.
 
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