Coby Reid discovered a little mammal that was almost undetectable while surveying a section of railroad lines in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Unconcerned that he was obstructing traffic, a young bobcat was seated in the middle of the tracks. Reid described the cat’s position to The Dodo as “the cat was reposed on his haunches with one arm draped casually over the rail, as though he were lounging in an armchair.”
The cat looked relaxed but, as Reid moved closer, he realized that the animal was in grave danger. Reid and his partner climbed out of their truck and noticed that the cat couldn’t move because he was frozen to the metal rail.
With a train fast approaching behind them, Reid knew they had to get the wild animal to safety, so he tried to cover the bobcat with his jacket to warm him up.
The bobcat didn’t seem too happy about wearing clothes.
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“We took a moment to think about the situation before deciding to call our office to ask someone to bring us a pail of hot water to help free the unfortunate cat from the rail,” Reid said. “A short while later, our boss arrived, water in hand and ready to assist.”
The first pail of water freed one of the cat’s legs — and made him increasingly mad. “With a bit of coaxing and more warm water, the cat was free,” Reid said. “But to our surprise, he did not want to leave without a fight.”
Finally, Reid and the other inspectors were able to move the bobcat from the tracks just in time.
Reid added, “The bobcat made sure we finished our checks only 30 minutes before the following train’s passing.” “The very train that, if we hadn’t been doing an inspection that morning, would have taken our little friend’s life.”
Even though the bobcat didn’t seem to appreciate the help, Reid was glad he was there to offer the little animal another opportunity at life.