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Rescued Plumas Fire bobcat kitten toughens up

  • In this December 19, 2012 photo "Chips" the bobcat is seen in an enclosure in Placerville, Calif. A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice. The kitten was only a few weeks old when she was found in August by fire crews who battled a 75,000-acre fire in the Plumas National Forest. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT

PLACERVILLE — A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice.

The friendly baby bobcat was only a few weeks old and had burned paws and infected eyes when fire crews found her in August while battling a 75,000-acre fire in the Plumas National Forest. They named her Chips, after the wildfire.

Volunteers at the Sierra Wildlife Rescue in Placerville now are trying to toughen the kitten up, with plans to release her back into the wild next spring, The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/WTOqHJ ) reports.

As part of her training regimen, Chips has had to start chasing down her own mice and rabbits for meals and stop sleeping on a soft bed like the one she'd grown accustomed to while she was receiving medical treatment.

She's also been introduced to two male bobcats, Tuffy and Sierra, that hiss and bare their claws at humans.


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