Rescued Kansas bobcat a big hit at Turtle Bay

Oct 28, 2014 4:32 PM by News Staff

A tiny bobcat that was rescued from a central Kansas oil rig is proving to be a big hit at a Turtle Bay.

The little cat, called "Whisper," was brought to the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo in Kansas this spring and then sent in late May to Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding.

Turtle Bay animal curator Sharon Clay estimates Whisper was about 3 weeks old when she arrived. She's now about 6 months old and weighs 13 pounds, and is expected to remain small.

The workers who found her by the Kansas oil rigger placed her in the nearest woods, hoping the mother would come back, but the next morning she was back at the oil rigger. She was only a week old. Kansas law says to euthanize, but the Kansas zoo saved her and sent her to Redding.

Turtle Bay has made Whisper an animal ambassador, easy to introduce to visitors because of her sweet nature. The staff has taught her to walk on a leash and sit on command.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

(Photo Courtesy: Turtle Bay Exploration Park)


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