JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — A young bobcat is back home at a state park on the Georgia coast nearly two weeks after hikers found the wild feline paralyzed.
Veterinarians and wildlife management staff on Jekyll Island released the 15-pound (6.8-kilogram) bobcat back into the wild Friday along a sandy trail a short distance from the beach. The bobcat quickly darted from the open door of a pet crate and vanished down the trail.
Not many predators live on Jekyll Island, and only four bobcats are known to live on the island park. Jekyll Island wildlife manager Joseph Colbert said that made the sick bobcat worth saving. He estimates it’s about 1½ years old.
The bobcat recovered from its paralysis in a few days. Veterinarians blamed toxin from ticks found covering the wild cat.