Perhaps best known locally for its work with ‘Chips,’ the bobcat kitten found by firefighters cleaning up after the wildfire location for which the baby bobcat got her name, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care will have its annual open house from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 4.
Chips arrived at the wildlife care facility with fur scorched to the skin, pads of her feet burned, and nearly blind from soot and ash. Yet she still tried to follow the sounds of the firefighters as they walked through still smoldering understory, putting out the hot spots.
First discovered walking in circles by a burned out stump, the approximately three-week old kitten eventually caught up with and nestled down on top of the booted foot of firefighter who took her with him when the clean up crew was done.
After months of treatment, it came time to teach the people-friendly bobcat what she needed to know to survive in the wild. Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care transferred her to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Placerville where she was introduced to other bobcats.
Eventually, Chips was released in the general area where she was found, and was last seen heading off into the wild with the other rehabilitated bobcats.
Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Secretary/Treasurer Tom Millham says the open house is the only time all year you’ll be able to go past a fenced area to see the wildlife presently being rehabilitated. Past ‘patients’ have included eagles and bears. He says, “Enjoy this opportunity. Bring your family and tell your friends.” The event includes cake, cookies and punch, and wildlife-oriented apparel will be for sale.
The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is located at 485 Cherry Hills Circle, SLT off of Elks Club Drive. For more information, call Millham at (530) 577-2273 or (cell) (530) 308-5215, or visit www.ltwc.org.
Your purchases, says Millham, will help Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care give injured wild animals like Chips the care they need. Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care’s motto is “Giving Mother Nature a Helping Hand!”
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