Arizona Bobcat in Dog Bed Photos Go Viral
An Arizona bobcat has gone viral after making its way into a homeowner’s dog bed. according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department I posted the photos first of the Bobcat on Twitter on March 7, 2023.
The bobcat entered the Arizona home through a dog door and injured the dog, who survived, according to an update tweeted by the department.
Here’s what you need to know:
The bobcat was spotted on the dog bed, officials say
According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s tweet, the bobcat was spotted in the dog’s bed.
“A bobcat lies on a dog bed at the San Manuel home, Monday. The homeowner, who found it returning from work, suspects it got in through an unlocked dog door. The bobcat escaped before an officer arrived. Do not treat trapped/injured wildlife yourself. Call 623-236-7201 as soon as possible,” the department wrote in its tweet.
One photo showed the bobcat with a blanket in its mouth while the animal sat in the dog bed. The March 7, 2023 tweet had more than 188,000 views.
“Bobcats are common throughout Arizona at all elevations, particularly in the Sonoran Desert, Rimrock and Chaparral areas, and on the outskirts of urban areas where food is readily available.” according to the department’s website.
“Bobcats are generally seen alone, but groups can consist of mating pairs, siblings, or mothers with kittens. Bobcats are most active at sunset and sunrise, and it’s not uncommon to find one under a shrub in a bushy backyard. Individual bobcats will defend a territory from one to 12 square miles.”
The dog, named “Squeakers,” was injured but survived
The Arizona Game and Fish Department posted an update on Twitter stating that the injured dog is fine.
“Thank you to concerned citizens and the Tucson Veterinary Specialty Center from the family of #Squeakers who showed up injured Tuesday. after a bobcat entered their home through a dog door. The family is asking you to show your support on Instagram at Squeakers2023,” the Arizona Game and Fish Department tweeted.
According to CBS NewsThe incident occurred in San Manuel, Arizona.
There is a GoFundMe page to pay for Squeaker’s medical expenses.
The department warns that bobcats can come into conflict with people and pets.
“If you see a bobcat near your home, there is no need to panic. Bobcats rarely attack humans, and most human attacks are related to rabies.” The department writes this on its website.
“Bobcats are more likely to be attracted to your yard because of the abundance of wildlife, house birds, small pets, water and shade, or other shelter. If you have small pets, they need to be protected from bobcats and other predators. Keep small pets indoors, in an enclosed area with a roof, or on a leash when outside (a 6-foot fence isn’t necessarily good protection, as bobcats are good jumpers and climbers),” the website reads.
“Native birds should be kept in an enclosed area with a sturdy roof and not spread seeds that attract other wildlife. Feeding bobcats, whether intentional or accidental, can encourage them to become too comfortable around people, which can lead to conflict.”
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