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Bobcat Kitten Rescued By Northern California Firefighters (PHOTOS)

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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 ( 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.


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