Two People Bitten When Texas Woman Brings Two Bobcat Cubs Home, Believing They Were Domestic Housecats

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A Texas woman says that she took two kittens into her home, only to discover that they were not housecats but wild bobcats.  Jane Dinscore, her sister and her niece were bitten on the hands while trying to feed the felines.

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“I think they started doing a little bit more research and educating themselves and thinking: ‘You know what, these don’t look like your standard house cat.” San Antonio Animal Care Center spokeswoman Lisa Norwood told local TV station KENS 5 on Monday. “Maybe we should call somebody.’ Thankfully, they did.”

 

But Dinscore has changed her story since the news broke on Monday. Originally, she told authorities she found the kittens in an alleyway in San Antonio. Now she says she received the kittens from her brother, James Dinscore, in rural Atascosa County. However, she maintains that she believed the kittens were domestic cats.

“My brother called and he said he had some Bengal kittens at his house in McCoy,” Jane Dinscore told San Antonio TV station KSAT on Wednesday.

 

She said she took the kittens home and called ACS after they behaved aggressively, biting and scratching her and her relatives. She said she lied at first about their origin because she didn’t want to possibly get her brother in trouble. It’s unclear how he got the animals.

ACS and Texas State Parks and Wildlife are working together to determine if the situation merits any criminal charges for disturbing wildlife, according to USA Today.

 

The animals are now in quarantine under the care of Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in San Antonio. The group wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post that by lying about where the kittens came from, Dinscore made it far less likely that they will be reunited with their mother. The group hopes to eventually release the bobcats in a safe area.

 

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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