A young bobcat is recovering in a Lake Forest animal hospital after being struck by a police car on Laguna Canyon Road Tuesday, Feb. 19. The officer quickly realized what had happened and rushed the bobcat to Lake Forest’s Serrano Animal & Bird Hospital for treatment.
The bobcat was treated for head trauma and internal bruising but he had no broken bones. He is recovering and even began eating again on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Dr. Kristian Krause, associate veterinarian and Lake Forest resident, said seeing wildlife in their facility is not uncommon. While they do treat cats and dogs, the veterinarians also often treat birds, reptiles, small mammals, fish and felines. Dr. Krasue said they saw 10 bobcats last year in their facility and the staff already knew exactly how to proceed when this one arrived.
After operating for 20 years in the City, Serrano Animal & Bird Hospital recently moved into a facility Jan. 28 that is twice as large as their former residence. This allows them to care for 20-40 animals a day as well as treat larger wildlife, like bobcats, more easily.
The hospital works with the United States Geological Survey, which tracks bobcat movements throughout the country, to determine when the bobcat will be released back into wild. In the meantime, he will be treated and monitored until he makes a full recovery.
Serrano Animal & Bird Hospital can be found at 22377 El Toro Rd. and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or, visit their website here.