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Updated Jun 12, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Phoenix-area wildlife haven gains 2 bobcat kittens

PHOENIX -- A wildlife sanctuary is caring for two bobcat kittens which had been taken to a pet shelter in Phoenix.

The Arizona Humane Society called the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in north Scottsdale to pick up the kittens because the Humane Society isn't equipped to handle bobcats.

The center is a nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured, orphaned, displaced and abandoned wild animals. Most are released back into the wild.

"They will stay in the clinic for a while and be evaluated," Linda Searles, Executive Director of the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center explained. "(We'll) make sure that they're eating well, that they're holding their weight.

They'll be vaccinated. And then, within a couple of weeks, they'll go out and be with the foster mother bobcats."

Humane Society spokeswoman Bretta Nelson said the kittens appear to be about nine weeks old.

She said people who encounter a wild animal appearing to be orphaned should observe the animal for a few days because mothers often return after looking for food.

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