While thousands of firefighters devoted their time to containing the Jesusita wildfire raging near Santa Barbara, one group of rescue workers worked around the clock to help displaced pets and wildlife, saving as many lives as they could.
Julia Di Sieno helped rescue a bobcat kitten near Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death. She nurtured it back to health along with a rescued fawn who became its foster brother.
Although regulations require that wild animals, especially separate species, never be placed together in shelters, the mayhem of this emergency left no other choice. They were forced to put animals anywhere they could.
They had run out of crates large enough for the fawn, so the kitten was able to run directly up to it. There was “instant bonding.” The fawn, 3 days old, and the bobcat about 3 weeks old, snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.