SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- A bobcat kitten apparently abandoned during the chaos of a California wildfire has been rescued by firefighters and taken to a shelter for treatment of burns.
The San Francisco Chronicle (bit.ly/PMZxgu) reports members of the Mad River Hand Crew were patrolling the north end of the 74,000-acre Chips Fire in Plumas National Forest when they found the bobcat on Saturday.
Crew superintendent Tad Hair says the animal is about the size of a domestic kitten and was walking in circles near a stump.
There was no adult bobcat in the area, so the injured animal was taken to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care for treatment of second-degree burns on her paws.
The bobcat, named Chips, is doing well.
The fire started July 29 and is nearing containment.