OUR SILENT SOLDIER
"Even at 19, it was unexpected to sadly say good-bye to our bobcat Libby.
She had what appeared to be congestion for a few days. After not responding to antibiotics, we sedated her for a thorough exam.
A large inoperable mass was found in her throat, putting pressure on her trachea. The only choice we had was to let her go peacefully.
Libby arrived at TWS on Memorial Day years ago. She was a former pet and was surrendered to the sanctuary after her owner lost their homeowner's insurance because they had an exotic animal.
Libby quickly made friends with bobcat Tractor, who passed away earlier this year. It took her longer to win her bobcat roommate Athena over, but she finally did.
Libby always looked so innocent with her larger saucer like eyes, but you could never underestimate her. She was a very strong girl who marched at her own pace, and didn't lend herself to too much drama.
But when she needed to, Libby certainly asserted herself with her roommates and her caretakers at feeding time. Meal time was when she spoke up. Yes, meat was her primary diet. But, of all things, she enjoyed avocados, too!
In photos, you'd often see Libby in the background. She preferred it that way. The limelight wasn't for her. Instead, she had a steady routine to her days that she liked to follow.
She really enjoyed enrichment, especially cat nip, and that's when she'd let her silly side show. Even with boxes, like all cats seem to love!
Libby, our silent soldier, you were brave to the very end and your sweet and strong presence will be missed.
May you and Tractor march together again in your new wild life."
Thank you for loving her as we did.
With over 110 wild cats now calling The Wildcat Sanctuary home, something we have to think about every single day is raising money to be able to rescue and care for them. When it can cost as much as $10,000 each year just to care for one big cat, you can see why fundraising is a vital part of the work we do. Your contribution to The Wildcat Sanctuary goes straight to work helping save lives of wild cats in need -- both at the Sanctuary and through outreach and rescue programs all across the country. Please consider donating at http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/
Libby was Beautiful! I am sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.
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