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Topic: There's a bobcat in the blinds!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Dec 19, 2013 10:47AM)

From [url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/how-do-you-get-a-bobcat-out-of-your-window-blinds-1.2465342]CBC[/url]

[quote]When a wayward bobcat got caught up in some window blinds, one RCMP officer MacGyvered a solution with two broom sticks, a knife, and of course, a roll of duct tape.

The incident began on Friday afternoon in Nelson, B.C., when Leanne Kalabis, who has a young son and is five months pregnant, heard strange noises coming from her basement.

She caught a glimpse of a furry face and thought it might have been a lost domestic cat, but when she went downstairs with her dog to investigate, it turned out to be a wild one.

"That's definitely not a house cat... that's definitely a bobcat," she recalled thinking.

Her dog gave chase and got a little scratched up, and the bobcat then scaled a wall and made it to the top of a window, where it caught up in the blinds.

Hissing and lunging for the dog, Kalabis said it became "quite entangled," and she decided to call for help.

"What do I do? I've got a bobcat in my basement," she said.

She called over a neighbour, who agreed the bobcat was going nowhere fast, and then the Mounties. The RCMP officer who responded had to improvise.

"He initially thought maybe he could put a blanket over the bob cat and try to get it out this way. But realised quickly that it was very distraught and very vicious Its claws were coming out and it was hissing," Kalabis said.

Instead, the officer MacGyvered a solution.

"He very creatively thought to put two broomsticks together, tape them with duct tape, put his knife on the end and was able to, from a corner, get the stick close enough to the blinds where he could cut the blinds and free the bobcat," she said.

The bobcat dropped from the cut blinds, ran at a few windows trying to get out, and then found the basement door and made it outside.

Kalabis said the whole incident was very surreal, and that she will be double-checking that her basement door which she thinks blew open earlier in the day stays closed from now on.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Dec 19, 2013 10:50AM)
[b]Cat Burglar[/b]