Scooter
February 19, 2019

I do find peace that he had 18 wonderful years because of your support. But right now, I just need to sit with my aching heart knowing time will help heal.

Scooter Booter, thank you for making me feel special. I sure hope we did the same for you.

Love you very much and please give Sidney and Tractor a bobcat head butt from us all.

"Scooter Booter," as I called him, was one of the sanctuary's founding residents. As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary of saving lives, I'm also grieving that the ones who started it all are passing on to their new wild life. It feels more than a passing of a loved one, it also feels like a passage of an era.

But mostly, it's difficult because I won't get to hear Scooter's rumbling purr again as he eagerly greets me to say "hello" or see that beautiful face and HUGE pink nose.

Surrendered as an adolescent, we've all been a part of Scooter growing up...and growing old. Scooter was the most tenderhearted boy to me and other staff.

But when it came to food or protecting his territory, a switch flipped, and Scooter was 100% wild bobcat.

This was true from the moment I met him. Walking into a private home, it was dark and all the blinds were drawn. I heard low grumbles from across the room as the owner explained the bobcat wasn't very fond of him and could get very possessive.

As I approached, I spoke softly to Scooter. He began approaching, then running, and to my surprise, jumped into my arms and rested his head on my shoulder. That was the first time I heard that loud motor-like purr.

18 years ago, I was pretty naïve about how to approach a rescued bobcat. I know better now, but I'm very thankful for Scooter's response.

When he was younger, I introduced him to bobcats Tractor and Sidney for companionship. It took two years before they could safely live together because Scooter was so territorial and possessive. But once the final merger took place, they were inseparable for many years.

When Tractor needed hip surgery, he had to be out of their habitat for quite some time during rehab. Scooter never accepted him back. But Tractor found a new family with the female bobcats at the sanctuary.

Scooter and Sidney lived happily together until Sidney passed away of old age several years ago. Since then, we tried other friends for Scooter. But he never accepted them.

Instead, he chose his human caregivers to be his closest friends. And I was blessed to be one of his favorites. I felt the same way about him.

Scooter loved enrichment - especially anything he could rub on and of course mark. He claimed everything with his signature spray, then roll.

Pizza boxes were one of his favorite items and we gave him those recently, too. Scooter kept life simple.

Though Scooter may have lived alone in his elder years, we made sure he wasn't lonely. As he aged, his tenderhearted side took over. He didn't have energy for anything but to love and be thankful for his caregivers.

We provided comfort and hospice care over the past few weeks. Staff and I spent time with him each day. He received a menu of food items for his declining appetite, new scents to rub on, blankets to curl up in.

I do find peace that he had 18 wonderful years because of your support. But right now, I just need to sit with my aching heart knowing time will help heal.

Scooter Booter, thank you for making me feel special. I sure hope we did the same for you.

Love you very much and please give Sidney and Tractor a bobcat head butt from us all.

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/

 
 

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