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Bobcat at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo dies from age-related illness

Evita the Bobcat had lived at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for 14 years. (Courtesy photo)
Evita the Bobcat had lived at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for 14 years. (Courtesy photo)
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Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:28 am
Evita, the zoo's female bobcat, passed away last week from an age-related illness. She was 15 years old, and had lived at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for 14 years with her brother, Juan.The bobcat siblings were often the first animals seen by zoo guests because of their location near the zoo entrance. Zookeepers and guests will remember Evita as a beautiful symbol of our state's wild heritage: bobcats once roamed all of Indiana, but are now restricted to just a few remote forests.

Read more about wild bobcats at http://kidszoo.org/our-animals/central-zoo/bobcat/.

You are invited to post your photos and memories of Evita on our Facebook page.Looking for the perfect gift for the animal lover on your list? Adopt a Red Panda at the zoo!

As part of our Featured Adoption, you'll receive a plush stuffed Red Panda and other goodies to place under the tree. We'll continue to provide professional care for the red pandas, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing your gift is helping to care for a zoo animal for an entire year.

To adopt online, click on http://kidszoo.org/support-the-zoo/adopt-an-animal/ or contact Cassandra at 1-260-427-6831 or by e-mail at development@kidszoo.org.

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