A brave train crew saved a frozen bobcat from the tracks just minutes before the train came.
After its back paws got frozen on the train tracks in British Columbia, a wild bobcat found itself in a very dangerous situation. Luckily, the helpless animal got a second chance when a train crew saved it just in time. But it wasn’t easy to save the animal because a train was coming through in a few minutes and the scared animal was hard to get close to.
Coby Reid and his coworkers in Trail, BC, where he works as a railroad inspector, were just having a normal day at the office. As part of their daily routine, the crew checked the tracks early in the morning. The team has to ensure the trails don’t have any problems. Only it wasn’t like that this time. Just as they were getting close to the Columbia River, they saw something stuck on the tracks.
As the crew got closer, the men saw a bobcat. At first, Coby and his team thought that the wild cat didn’t want to leave because its breakfast, or what was left of it, which was likely a duck it had caught, was in front of it. But they quickly figured out that the bobcat couldn’t leave. Because it was so cold, its paws froze to the tracks.
With less than half an hour until the next train came by, the crew knew they had to move quickly if they were going to save the bobcat. So, they decided to carefully approach the animal, put one of their jackets over its head, and then set it free. But the rescue turned out to be a lot harder than they thought because the bobcat felt scared when the crew got close to it, and it didn’t behave well at all. Still, the hardworking men set the poor animal free in the end.
Coby told Radio West, “When we first came up to it, we were going to cover it with a coat.” “It was most definitely not the cute cat in the picture.”
The rescue was even caught on camera, and Coby posted an update on Facebook afterward. He wrote, “Saved this little guy today. When he froze to the rail, he was eating his breakfast (duck).” “We got him out by giving him some warm water.”