Bobcat stuck in car grille gets checkup

The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center) (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Cente)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center) (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Cente)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center) (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Cente)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center) (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Cente)
This female bobcat, pictured on the day of her rescue from the car's front grill, is estimated to be about 5 years old. Bobcats live throughout the U.S., but typically stay away from humans.  (Courtesy Wildlife Center of Virginia)
This female bobcat, pictured on the day of her rescue from the car’s front grill, is estimated to be about 5 years old. Bobcats live throughout the U.S., but typically stay away from humans. (Courtesy Wildlife Center of Virginia) (Courtesy Wildlife Center of Virginia )
A bobcat is recovering after it was hit by a car on Thanksgiving and driven about 50 miles to Richmond while it was lodged into the car's grill. (Courtesy Richmond Animal Care and Control)
A bobcat is recovering after it was hit by a car on Thanksgiving and driven about 50 miles to Richmond while it was lodged into the car’s grill. (Courtesy Richmond Animal Care and Control) (Courtesy Richmond Animal Care and Control)
A look from afar of the car that struck the bobcat. (Courtesy Richmond Animal Care and Control)
A look from afar of the car that struck the bobcat. (Courtesy Richmond Animal Care and Control) (Courtesy Richmond Animal Care and Control)
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The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center)
The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis. (Courtesy Virginia Wildlife Center)
This female bobcat, pictured on the day of her rescue from the car's front grill, is estimated to be about 5 years old. Bobcats live throughout the U.S., but typically stay away from humans.  (Courtesy Wildlife Center of Virginia)
A bobcat is recovering after it was hit by a car on Thanksgiving and driven about 50 miles to Richmond while it was lodged into the car's grill. (Courtesy Richmond Animal Care and Control)
A look from afar of the car that struck the bobcat. (Courtesy Richmond Animal Care and Control)

WASHINGTON — The wild bobcat that was struck by a car in Virginia and taken on a 50-mile ride after getting lodged in the car’s grille has just received another checkup and could be released back into the wild next month.

That’s according to an update on the website of the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. The center has been caring for the injured bobcat — officially known as Bobcat #17-2688 — since she was struck in November and suffered a fractured jaw, bruised lungs and cuts to her back.

The cat was recently sedated and underwent a complete set of radiographs, blood work and urinalysis, according to the Jan. 23 update. The X-rays revealed the cat’s jaw fracture has fully healed, meaning the cat is ready to eat whole food again.

Before, the cat had been subsisting on what are known as rat slurries — essentially rat smoothies — and center staff said they noticed she had been looking a little thin.

“While the cat has been readily eating her diet of rat slurries as her jaw fracture healed, the liquefied diet offered in captivity hasn’t quite kept the bobcat’s weight steady,” the center wrote in the update.

In the coming weeks, the bobcat will be offered a variety of whole prey while the center’s staff monitors that she is successfully transitioning away from her liquid-based diet. Center officials say they hope to released the “feisty” cat back into the wild by late February.

The bobcat was struck last year on Thanksgiving Day by a woman driving from Gloucester County, Virginia, to her workplace in Richmond.


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