SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Two baby bobcats from southern Arizona and a dozen other animals from California are the newest residents at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale.
The animal rescue and rehabilitation center adopted 12 animals from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which recently closed a location near Los Angeles. In total, the new residents from California include one red-tailed hawk, one barn owl, several coyotes, three African porcupines, one coati (related to the raccoon), one gray fox and two red foxes.
"Due to the California animals' circumstances, they will not be released back into the wild, but will instead live on Southwest Wildlife's sanctuary, and will be part of our education program to help people understand how to better help the wildlife all around them," Linda Searles, the founder of Southwest Wildlife, said in a news release.
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The facility also took in two baby bobcats rescued right here in Arizona. Unlike the California transplants, the plan is for them to be released back into the wild this spring.