Hello kit­ties turn be­Ware bob­cats

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week - REUTERS

SAN AN­TO­NIO: With big blue eyes and stubby tails, two kit­tens taken in by a San An­to­nio fam­ily looked adorable un­til the fiery seven-week-old fe­lines ripped apart for­mula bot­tles and re­peat­edly bit the hands that were try­ing to feed them. The fam­ily, whose name has not been re­leased, told au­thor­i­ties they thought the kit­tens were the rare and prized do­mes­tic breed of Ben­gal cats.

But the tiny fe­lines were ac­tu­ally wild bob­cats that were sur­ren­dered to a shel­ter this week, and of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day the fam­ily was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for pos­si­bly vi­o­lat­ing Texas wildlife laws.

“Ben­gal kit­tens look like house cats. They do not look like wild cats,” San An­to­nio An­i­mal Care Ser­vices (ACS) spokes­woman Lisa Nor­wood said on Thurs­day, adding the two species are rarely con­fused for the other. The fam­ily ini­tially told ACS work­ers that they dis­cov­ered the cubs aban­doned in an al­ley­way.

Later, they con­fessed that the kit­tens were found by a rel­a­tive in a nearby ru­ral county and then brought to San An­to­nio, ac­cord­ing to Nor­wood.

If the fam­ily that took in the kit­tens knew the an­i­mals were bob­cats, they could face charges for the il­le­gal dis­tur­bance of wild an­i­mals, au­thor­i­ties said. The search is on for the cubs’ mother.

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