photo credit: CPW SE Region / Twitter
According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials, a woman from Colorado Springs was driving down the highway when she noticed a wild bobcat that got struck by a vehicle on the side of the road.
She stops the car and gets out to take a look at it and noticed it was barely moving and looking like it was going to die. The woman apparently loved animals so much she couldn’t help herself so she picked up the injured bobcat and put it in the backseat of her car with her child who was sitting in a car seat next to it.
The lady quickly drove the cat to the vet where the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region (CPW) safely removed the injured animal from her car. They were stunned when they opened the door to see it lying there with its eyes open only covered up with a towel and sitting beside a child.
It was in a daze as she was driving to the vet but when she arrived it started to wake up and hiss at the officials who were removing it. They used a catchpole to secure it and once they got it to the operating table they realized both its back legs were paralyzed and at that point decided to humanely euthanize it.
Afterwards, the CPW put out a public Twitter post telling people to never pick up a wild animal even if it’s injured because it could end badly.
They went on to say in their comments: “We removed the bobcat, which was mortally wounded. Luckily, it was too injured to react to being picked up and placed in a car. But no one should EVER try this. This could have been tragic.”