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TallGeekyGirl 07 December 2018 12:49 AM

Meet Mr. Murderbritches the Bobcat Kitten
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Watch these wildlife officials struggle to stay alive as they release the world's most badass bobcat kitten back into the wild. The bobcat, who we're calling Mr. Murderbritches, was relocated after he was caught eating 🐔🐔🐔 in Kanarraville, UT.<br><br>Long live Mr. Murderbritches! <a href="https://t.co/j0ABaR8cqk">pic.twitter.com/j0ABaR8cqk</a></p>&mdash; Center for Bio Div (@CenterForBioDiv) <a href="https://twitter.com/CenterForBioDiv/status/1070451281033093122?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 5, 2018</a></blockquote>
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ALL HAIL MR. MURDERBRITCHES!

thorny locust 07 December 2018 01:01 AM

Hope he's going to be OK. That's quite a young cat dumped into territory he doesn't know his way around in.

Admittedly I'm not quite sure what else they were going to do with him.

dfresh 07 December 2018 01:05 PM

Good luck to Mr. Murderbritches, and hopefully he doesn't run into something that is bigger than he is, as there is NOTHING tougher than he is.

kitap 07 December 2018 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by thorny locust (Post 1992809)
Hope he's going to be OK. That's quite a young cat dumped into territory he doesn't know his way around in.

Admittedly I'm not quite sure what else they were going to do with him.

If he weren't ready age-wise to be out there alone I doubt they'd've released him. The Center is based here in Tucson and they have a good reputation.

Lainie 07 December 2018 02:19 PM

According to an article I saw on FB, this is the second time they've caught him* and released him. :lol:

*They don't know if it's male or female -- attempts to find out were unsuccessful, for obvious reasons.

kitap 07 December 2018 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Lainie (Post 1992817)
According to an article I saw on FB, this is the second time they've caught him* and released him. :lol:

*They don't know if it's male or female -- attempts to find out were unsuccessful, for obvious reasons.

Free food from the Center and toys that move on their own!

Lainie 07 December 2018 02:47 PM

There was also a comment about poking him with the stick to remind him that humans are a threat, but IDK, he seems to grasp that pretty well. :lol:

NobleHunter 07 December 2018 03:25 PM

Did they think humans were a threat or food?

Lainie 07 December 2018 03:30 PM

Good point, kitty might be looking to move up the food chain from chickens.

crocoduck_hunter 07 December 2018 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Lainie (Post 1992819)
There was also a comment about poking him with the stick to remind him that humans are a threat, but IDK, he seems to grasp that pretty well. :lol:

That can end badly.

thorny locust 07 December 2018 05:56 PM

crocoduck_hunter, that video starts with a disturbing-content warning, but they didn't say for what, at least not before I closed it again. Could you give a general idea, possibly whited out?

crocoduck_hunter 07 December 2018 07:41 PM

Sorry, didn't think of that: It shows a guy getting mauled by a leopard, though he survives he's quite injured. The attack itself is filmed from a perspective that prevents much from being seen, but there's a CGI recreation and she's shown wounded afterword. If you don't want to see the potentially disturbing parts, you can quit at the two minute mark.

Lainie 07 December 2018 08:01 PM

They wanted the bobcat to see humans as a threat so that it would avoid them. Being comfortable with humans could end very badly for the bobcat, especially if he keeps eating chickens (that presumably belong to humans).

thorny locust 08 December 2018 04:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kitap (Post 1992815)
If he weren't ready age-wise to be out there alone I doubt they'd've released him. The Center is based here in Tucson and they have a good reputation.

Well, that's encouraging.

Quote:

Originally Posted by crocoduck_hunter (Post 1992835)
If you don't want to see the potentially disturbing parts, you can quit at the two minute mark.

I wound up just rolling the video portion up off the screen about that point and listening to the commentary until it was clear what had happened.

-- leopards as well as bobcats apparently share with The Cat Who Likes To Come Into Houses* a common attitude to coming back out of carriers in strange places: they may well not have wanted to go into that box in the first place, but if they don't know where they are they're going to want to take their time getting back out again!



*my translation of Felis domesticus

DawnStorm 10 December 2018 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Lainie (Post 1992837)
They wanted the bobcat to see humans as a threat so that it would avoid them. Being comfortable with humans could end very badly for the bobcat, especially if he keeps eating chickens (that presumably belong to humans).

I've heard of state officials doing that to bears that they catch in a residential area and release into the wild. IIRC they make loud noises to scare the bears away.

Seaboe Muffinchucker 10 December 2018 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Lainie (Post 1992817)
According to an article I saw on FB, this is the second time they've caught him* and released him.

I sure hope he likes his new home, because if they catch him again, his odds of being euthanized go way up.

Seaboe

Lainie 10 December 2018 06:50 PM

Yes, his taste for chicken may be the end of him.


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