Kewaunee County zoo’s bobcat euthanized after cancer diagnosis
KEWAUNEE – One of Bruemmer Park Zoo's top and longtime attractions has died.
Baxter, a male bobcat and resident of the zoo for 14 years with his sister, Bella, was euthanized because of an aggressive form of cancer, the Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Department announced last week.
Pam Zander, president of the Zoological Society of Kewaunee County, which operates the zoo, said Baxter, as well as Bella, was one of the best-known faces of the zoo.
"Baxter and Bella both were probably some of our biggest attractions out there," Zander said in an interview with the Star-News. "He also was a big part of our promotions and publicity.
"We're sad … He will be missed."
The zoo's veterinarian was called Oct. 9 for an emergency check-up after Baxter was observed by park staff to appear ill. The veterinarian examined the bobcat and found a cancerous tumor in its stomach, then advised staff that Baxter should be euthanized because of the severity of the diagnosis.
Dave Myers, Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Director, said in a press release the decision to euthanize Baxter was in the best interest of the animal.
Baxter had undergone its annual routine medical exam this summer and passed with no issues, the release said.
Baxter and Bella were brought to Bruemmer Park Zoo as kittens in 2006 and lived in the same habitat at the zoo. Bella is still alive, and the Promotions & Recreation Department and the zoological society do not plan at this time to bring a new bobcat into the exhibit because Bella has only had Baxter as a habitat companion.
Zander said an older feline that's lived pretty much its entire life with the same roommate might not adjust well to a new, especially younger one residing with it in a fixed space.
"They're like domestic cats that way," Zander said. "If you have an older cat and you bring a new cat in, there can be issues. (Baxter and Bella) grew up together, came up at the same time, and they've been together their whole lives."
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected].
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