Bobcat kitten hit by car on the mend after pelvis surgery

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A bobcat kitten hit by a car last month as she crossed a southern Indiana road with her mother and a sibling is on the mend following surgery at the University of Illinois.

Surgeons at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, Illinois, repaired the bobcat's fractured pelvis during a three-hour surgery last week.

The native wildcat was struck Nov. 24 along a road near Bloomington, Indiana, and turned over to the care of WildCare Inc., a local wildlife rehabilitation center. WildCare Inc. board Vice President Amanda Wrigley said the female cat was doing well following her surgery and was stable so far.

Officials with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources had responded when kitten was hit by the car, and she was taken to WildCare Inc. where she got fluids and pain medication. The kitten received scans in Indianapolis the next day, and it was determined she would need surgery to repair the fractured pelvis.

WildCare Inc. began contacting veterinarians about surgery, and was told it would cost $6,000 to $8,000. The rehab center then contacted the University of Illinois, where the surgery was done for a discounted price of about $3,000.

"That's not an expense that our clinic would normally pay for, for a single animal," said Christine Beuoy, director of communications and marketing for the university's College of Veterinary Medicine. "Our surgeons have discounted the cost, donating their time."

University wildlife clinic medical director Julia Whittington said there's a good chance the kitten can be reunited with her mother and sister once she recovers. Wrigley said the kitten is expected to stay at the clinic into the next year, with the ultimate goal to get her back to WildCare Inc. so she can be released in the area where the accident happened.

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