Baby bobcat rescued from wall at Valley resort


by Karen Brown

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 3:28 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A baby bobcat was the talk of a ritzy Valley resort on Thursday.

The animal was found trapped in a wall at The Boulders Resort in North Scottsdale and it was making quite a racket.

Kim Carr with the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center said the bobcat is only about 6 to 8 weeks old.

And he's already enjoyed a day at the spa.

Ann Patton, manager of the Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders Resort, said the staff started hearing strange noises at about noon on Thursday.

"Several of them heard a sound that they thought was a bird," Patton said.

"They called and said, 'Let's have one of our engineers come over because we think there's something in the wall," Patton said.

They opened up the wall and found the bobcat crying at the top of its lungs.

"We still have no idea how he got in there," Patton said. "A lot of times the bobcats will take their babies up to the roof and perhaps there was a vent up there that he fell down … and he had no way out."

"They did the right thing in saving this guy because the mom wouldn't have been able to access him way down there and he probably would have starved to death," Carr said.

The folks at the spa wanted to name him Zen, but the staff at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center doesn't name the animals. After he's bottle-fed, they want him to be raised just like a wild bobcat so he can go back into the wild.

"He'll be fed every four hours until he is weaned and then he'll actually go into an outdoor enclosure with some bobcat foster parents that will be able to take it from there and kind of raise him and teach him how to be a wild bobcat," Carr said.

There are two other bobcat babies at the rescue facility he can grow up with, Carr said.