California wildlife center staff wears bobcat costumes to feed, care for baby bobcats

California is experiencing a devastating drought affecting not only residents and the environment, but the wildlife as well.

Wildlife organizations have been taking in young wild animals that have been pushed closer to California's cities in search of food and water.

Baby bobcats are among some of these animals finding rehabilitation at wildlife centers and staff members have tried an interesting approach to caring for them.

Though it looks amusing, caretakers dress up in bobcat costumes to fool the baby bobcats into thinking they're not around humans, but others of their kind.

Anne Venneman with the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center says their main goal for wearing the cat costumes is so the babies do not begin associating humans with a source of food.

In the last 20 years, the center has been able to successfully release 40 bobcats back into the wild thanks to their clever care and disguise.

 

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