During a midnight winter storm that draped most of North Texas with plenty of ice and snow, a crate was dropped off outside the gates of IEAS. Keepers discovered the surprise delivery by six am. Inside was a shivering, wet, hungry and scared bobcat with no bedding, food or water. Keepers couldn't believe someone would leave an animal in a crate out in twenty degree weather. Within minutes, the crate was in the warmth of IEAS veterinary clinic. It took almost an hour to quietly free this abandoned animal from its prison-like crate constructed with cruelty. We didn't really have a place for her to go at that point, so she remained in the vet clinic with visits from the keepers trying to reassure her that we were there to take care of her. Nakita eventually came around and would come up to the keepers as they fed and cleaned her area. During her first month here, IEAS staff worked hard to modify the last empty habitat we had so that it would provide everything she needed to live a happy, healthy life.
Nakita now enjoys many trees to climb, perches to lie on and even a cave to hide in.
Nakita is one of the most playful bobcats at IEAS. We have some hanging toys for her to play with as well, but her favorite enrichment item remains her tennis ball. Nakita also enjoys visits from her human friends who provide her with emotional enrichment.