Chips the Bobcat

Welcome! This is the main page where we will be posting updates on Chips, the young bobcat kitten who was injured in the Chips fire near Lake Almanor, CA.

Chips is on the road to recovery at LTWC after the Mad River Hand Crew spotted her during patrol and mop-up operations on the north end of the fire. The little kitten–barely old enough to open its eyes–was alone and confused, and surely would have perished if she had not been rescued by Superintendent Tad Hair and his crew.

Chips is currently making occasional appearances during the warmer, daylight hours on Webcam 8.

Below are photos, and links to news stories and videos. Please check the Comments section below for more updates on Chips.

Dinner with Chips – Chips eating a meal at LTWC. 

Photos (click on any thumbnail to enlarge)

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“Chip in for Chips, the Rescued Baby Bobcat,”, September 6, 2012

“Baby bobcat rescued from CA wildfire,” New York Daily News, Aug 30, 2012.

“Baby bobcat injured by California fire recuperating at wildlife shelter,” NBC News, August 29, 2012.

“Baby bobcat ‘Chips’ rescued by fire crew,” Sacramento Bee, August 29, 2012.

Baby Bobcat Rescued From Ashes Of Chips Fire,” CBS 13 Sacramento, August 29, 2012.

(VIDEO) “Crews Rescue Baby Bobcat while Fighting Chips Fire,” Fox 40 Sacramento, August 29, 2012.

17 Responses to Chips the Bobcat

  1. bianca says:

    can i adopt chips?

    • William T. Jay, DC says:

      I was following the progress of Chips and wonder how she is doing presently. I previously lived in Chester, but reside in Mexico. Could you please let me know her progress and any photos of her and Sierra. Thanks

  2. John Ayers says:

    Cheryl, it was nice speaking with you this morning. As I mentioned, I have some medical supplies to donate and would be happy to bring them down when the weather clears. Are there any particular medical supplies the center could use ?

    take care,

  3. debbie j says:

    any updates on Chips & Sierra ?

    • Michelle Westrum says:

      Chips and Sierra have been moved to a wildlife shelter in Placerville. They will do better at a lower elevation as they will rehab over the winter. I miss them too!

      • Mary Stortz says:

        Placerville needs to put a webcam on Chips and Sierra, many of us want to follow their progress and eventual release.

  4. Nancy says:

    Where did Chips go? I was following her moves to different cams. Hope she is doing ok.

  5. Kim says:

    I’d love to see photos and video of the bobcat kittens! So glad you’re taking care of them :)

  6. Denise says:

    In case no one has heard yet- Chips IS GETTING A ROOMMATE !!! He came in from Herlong – North of Reno- and is roughly the same age as Chips. That’s where the similarities end! He is one wild kitty!!! Apparantly his mom ” forgot” him when she moved her other kids (after meeting him I can see why!) Seriously- we hate the idea of another orphan but are glad Chips will have a role model on ” how to be a proper Bobcat” ! We hope to get videos of their first meeting after he passes all his physicals in the next few days. I wanted to call him ” Dip” for Chips and Dip but since he came from the Sierra Army Depot he is being called Sierra. Stay tuned for more updates & hopefully ( Tom?) photos!

  7. bones says:

    How are the Chipster’s eyes and paws doing?

  8. Bill Wiliams says:

    Hello, I would like to see about a School Adoption. My children go to South Colby Elementry School, AKA South Colby Bobcats in Port Orchard, WA 98366.Would love to get photos of chip and ill communicat with the school principal to see about a found rasier for chips.

    SSG/E-6 Williams, Billy L. WAARNG, Washington Army National Guard.

  9. Donna Clark says:

    She needs a toy!

  10. debbie j says:

    Thank you so much..I really am glad to see the update.

  11. Sharon says:

    thanks guys

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