Chips, The Bobcat Who Is Just Too Nice!

By Kavi Dolasia on January 7, 2013

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Chips is like any other bobcat. She has black-tipped pointed ears, yellow eyes with black pupils, sharp hearing and vision and can even climb trees, as well if not better, than any other member of its species. But, she has one big problem - She is just too nice to be a bobcat! While that may be a good thing in most other species in her case, it is a kiss of death!

The friendly feline's story began on August 25, 2012, when she was just a few weeks old. Caught in a nasty wildfire in Plumas County, Sacramento, the adorable kitten was found with burns on her paws and eyes filled with soot. The firefighters of the Mad River Ranger District looked for the mother to try re-unite the family. However, the search proved futile and since the cat kept following them around, they decided to take her to the Sierra Wildlife Rescue Center.

Named Chips after the wildfire in which she was found, the cute kitten immediately became the darling of the staff at the center. She was fed delectable morsels of pulverized mice and even given a soft bed to sleep on, while recovering from her burns. The friendly kitten responded by purring and snuggling into the arms of her human saviors.

However, now that Chips has fully recovered, the volunteer trainers know that they have to show some tough love, which in this case means teaching her how to be mean! That's because in the wild she will have to fend for herself by hunting her own mice and rabbit, and more importantly, learn how to snarl at humans!

They have therefore enlisted the help of two older 'meaner' bobcats - Tuffy and Sierra to teach her how to hunt mice and growl when she sees one of her human friends. In case she forgets, the trainers shower her with water! As for her soft bed? That has been replaced with the hard dirt surface!

Though Chips is not as friendly as she used to be, she still does like to take an occasional peak from her hiding place inside her enclosure, whenever she hears a humans approaching. But her progress towards being 'mean' is pretty good and the rescue workers are optimistic that she will be ready for the wilderness by this spring, which is when they plan to release her along with her mean buddies Tuffy and Sierra.





Sacramento, California
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  • saniyaThursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:58 am
    bob cat are the best anmails
    • kell-bell
      kell-bellWednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:21 am
      That poor thing! 4clv06 I agree with you.
      • annaWednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9:23 am
        if i were them i would of put a camra on him then years later track the camra and find him
        • ligertiger
          ligertigerWednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:24 am
          ohhh!! soo cute! i would hate to have to make it mean thoug! ): but they had to do it . ( sooo cute though!<3 )
          • djcool123
            djcool123Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:13 am
            Aw that cat is to cute !
            • watch21555
              watch21555Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7:23 am
              Its just a cat. Whats the big deal.
              • 4clv06
                4clv06Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:57 am
                That was a cool story but it would make me cry if I had to release that cute thing into the wild.
                • 4clv04
                  4clv04Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:56 am
                  This is AMAZING! I think it is so cool the cat survived!
                  • 4clv09
                    4clv09Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:52 am
                    Aww. I wonder why Chips was so nice.
                    • 4clv02
                      4clv02Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:49 am
                      This is an amazing story. I wonder how he survived in the wildfire?

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