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Bobcat Escapes from Grand Rapids Nature Preserve Again

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A younger bobcat, a brand new wildlife ambassador at Grand Rapids’ Blanford Nature Center, has escaped her enclosure once more.

Two weeks in the past, Artemis (initially considered her brother Apollo) made the same escape and was discovered a pair days later in a close-by reside entice.

Hopefully she is discovered protected once more!

Blanford Nature Center is asking for the general public’s assist in discovering Artemis. She escaped Thursday night time.

They say that though the enclosure was permitted for each bobcats by the Michigan DNR and USDA, and alterations had been made following the earlier escape, the younger bobcat is sensible and discovered easy methods to open a latch resulting in the principle enclosure from their safe momentary one and managed to slide via a unique spot.

As the Grand Rapids non-profit nature protect said beforehand, as a result of her age and dimension, it’s not possible Artemis is a menace to people or most animals. She is round 17 kilos and concerning the dimension of a giant home cat. Their predominant concern is her security, as she was orphaned as a child and it was decided she and her brother wouldn’t survive within the wild on their very own.

Blanford has notified the DNR and native police. They’re asking the general public to please preserve a watch out and report any sightings to the GRPD non-emergency line at 616-456-3400.

Anyone who spots Artemis mustn’t try to seize her, however name police instantly (earlier than calling any information group).

In the meantime, Artemis’ brother, Apollo, has been positioned in a short lived safe shelter at John Ball Zoo till extra alterations may be made to the enclosure.

The two younger, orphaned bobcats not too long ago arrived at Blanford Nature Center.

The siblings have been present in Hart, Michigan after their mom was hit by a automotive and killed this previous spring. The bobcats have been dropped at Kelly’s Westshore Animal Friends the place a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator decided that they might not be capable of survive within the wild and they might must discover a everlasting residence. Blandford Nature Center stepped as much as be that everlasting residence for the younger bobcats.

Apollo (left) Artemis (proper) – Courtesy Blanford Nature Center, Anthony Wright/Results Radio

Blanford Nature Center says their telephones and social media will not be monitored 24/7, so once more, anybody who spots Artemis ought to name GRPD at 616-456-3400.

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