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Thursday, May 3, 2012

It's A Kitten! Belleville Bobcat Hit By Car Gives Birth in TreeHouse

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 8:29 AM

click to enlarge Belle yawns languidly in her temporary home.
  • Belle yawns languidly in her temporary home.
That bobcat who was hit by a car in Belleville and saved by compassionate citizen Mike Neiner is doing very well at her temporary home, TreeHouse Wildlife Center -- as is her kitten.

"Belle," as the mother bobcat is called, gave birth sometime in mid-April. Because bobcats are by nature extremely secretive, the TreeHouse staff doesn't know for certain when it happened. They also don't know if the kitten, named "Bobbie," is a boy or a girl because they don't want to stress the cats with an examination.

They have, however, set up a trail camera that's triggered by Belle's movements, and they're collecting photos and compiling video updates of their progress. You can watch the first one below, but be forewarned that you'll have a hard time spotting li'l Bobbie because she stays out of sight in the den most of the time.

Be sure to visit TreeHouse's blog to track the cats on their journey back to the wild.

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