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Bobcat Kitten Saved From Tahoe Area Wildfire

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A Bobcat kitten named Chips was rescued from a wildfire in the Lake Tahoe area.  Photo Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

A Bobcat kitten named Chips was rescued from a wildfire in the Lake Tahoe area. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS/AP) — A bobcat kitten apparently abandoned during the chaos of a California wildfire has been rescued by firefighters and taken to a shelter for treatment of burns.

The San Francisco Chronicle (bit.ly/PMZxgu) reports members of the Mad River Hand Crew were patrolling the north end of the 74,000-acre Chips Fire in Plumas National Forest when they found the bobcat on Saturday.

Crew superintendent Tad Hair said the animal was about the size of a domestic kitten and was walking in circles near a stump.

There was no adult bobcat in the area, so the injured animal was taken to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care for treatment of second-degree burns on her paws.

The bobcat, named Chips, was doing well.

The fire started July 29 and was nearing containment.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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