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Florida bobcat recovering from auto accident is able to eat again

By Daniel Uria   |   March 2, 2016 at 5:05 PM

TAMPA, Fla., March 2 (UPI) -- A bobcat at a Florida animal rehabilitation center showed progress in its recovery from a dental injury by partaking in a normal meal, officials said.

Tampa-based Big Cat Rescue shared a video of the bobcat, named Thor, as he cautiously stalked his bowl full of meat before proceeding to slowly chip away at his meal.

Thor was hit by a car in February and suffered several injuries, including a broken shoulder and broken jaw.

The video takes place about three weeks after his emergency surgery, and while Thor takes nearly 20 minutes to begin eating,the narrator assures this is typical behavior for bobcats.

"He's being really, really cautious because that's the way bobcats are supposed to be," she said. "We're happy that he's eating as well as he is."

Thor ultimately eats the majority of his food, leaving only a bit of beef before becoming distracted by sounds of the center's other animals.

He has been slowly recovering since the accident and is scheduled to receive dental surgery later this month.

"Thor is doing great," Big Cat Rescue wrote on Facebook. "His dental is scheduled for March 14 and he may be the first cat ever to get a titanium tooth."

Thor is doing great. His dental is scheduled for Mar 14 and he may be the first cat ever to get a titanium tooth. The...

Posted by Big Cat Rescue on Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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