Her owner first brought her to us in 1992; she was sick and he couldn’t find a veterinarian in PA that could treat a bobcat. We took her in and treated her. it took some time before she was healthy and by that time her owner realized she would be better off with us, so he signed her over.
When we introduced her to our resident bobcats, Rajah and Titan, this little spitfire, half their size, showed the boys who was boss, and it stayed that way. Not only did she show them but also made it very clear to her caregivers that she was in charge. She was a real independent lady.
We lost Rajah and Titan about 6 years ago, both older and late into their teens. She had the whole enclosure to herself and would perch as high as she could, but about a two years ago climbing started to get tougher on her older body. We moved Leah to a smaller area and she seemed much more content but would still give staff a hard time, she had that tough love thing down pat.
Just recently her age caught up to her; she was 24 years old and had some difficulty getting around. So, we brought her into the barn where we could house her and have our vet staff examine her more easily and more often.
We started her on some pain meds and made plans for x-raying her the next day. When we came in that next morning, she had passed away in her sleep. Even with that little bossy attitude she was a staff favorite, a tough little girl who was always in control, she’s over that bridge now and showing the boys who’s the boss again. Goodnight little girl.