Tricia arrived at the Sanctuary when she was just four weeks old. She had been orphaned after her mother was tragically shot. Tricia arrived with Chrissy, another female bobcat who was eight weeks old at the time, and stuck in the same situation as Tricia. These two youngsters were raised by the staff and interns of IEAS using our unique Emotional Enrichment Program. Tricia stayed with Chrissy in our quarantine area until the two were old enough to be moved to their permanent home.
Tricia and Chrissy now live in a spacious, naturalistic habitat complete with plenty of trees to climb, perches, grass, toys, and a house for shelter and a cave to cool off in during the hot summer months. When the girls first moved into their new home, they were a little apprehensive about being in such a large space and about all of their new surroundings. Initially they would not come down from their highest perch to explore unless the keepers came down to sit with them. It took just a short time for them to figure out that their new neighbors, namely a large jaguar to the west and two very large white tigers to the north, would not be able to get them. Once they realized that they were safe and secure, they had enough confidence to explore every inch of their habitat, even when the keepers weren't around to protect them. Now you will find both Tricia and Chrissy running around playing together, climbing on all of the trees and perches, and just loving life here at IEAS!
Although Tricia is smaller than Chrissy, she certainly thinks that she is in charge, especially at feeding time. She will not allow Chrissy to approach the door until she is satisfied with a pan of food in front of her, as she is always first to eat. Tricia is not quite as affectionate as Chrissy is. She may not come down and lay right next to the fence when she has a visitor, but she likes to take that time to come down from her perch to explore and play with Chrissy.