Bobcat and Fawn Find Friendship After Fire



While thousands of firefighters devoted their time to containing the Jesusita wildfire raging near Santa Barbara, one group of rescue workers worked around the clock to help displaced pets and wildlife. Thanks to the tireless dedication of volunteers from the Animal Rescue Team ( and the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care network, a 3-week-old bobcat kitten and 3-day-old fawn became an unlikely pair of friends.

Although predator and prey, these babies simply took comfort in each other’s company, snuggling under a desk at a dispatch office for hours. The bobcat and fawn would not normally be placed together, due to regulations, but the rescuers had no choice.  They snagged the bobcat kitten first, finding it dehydrated and near death.  Later, they brought in the fawn and discovered they didn’t have a crate large enough for it.  No matter – the kitten ran right over to the fawn, and the two became fast friends.


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