Bobcat kitten roaming the UC Riverside Botanical Gardens is the cutest thing you’ll see all day – Press Enterprise
Two bobcat kittens and their mother explored the grounds of UC Riverside Botanical Gardens this week.
A brief video shared on social media from the gardens this week shows a kitten cautiously walking the grounds. “Take it easy and you might see our latest additions,” the caption read.
The 40-acre Botanical Gardens, first established in 1963, were reopened to the public last summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. With over 3,500 plant species, multiple thematic and horticultural gardens, staff said it’s common to find stray wildlife – from birds to raccoons, from the occasional rattlesnake to coyotes, from mountain lions to bobcats a lot. smaller.
Most of the wildlife in the gardens passes through the nearby Box Springs Mountain Preserve.
Jodie Holt, director of gardens, said adult bobcats are known to roam gardens and nearby areas, although they usually go about their business and barely interact with people. Parents often move their babies.
Holt, who ran the gardens for five years, called the sighting of the young bobcat “rare” and “remarkable.”
“I feel very lucky, especially this year, to be able to go out and see everyone working and all that lives,” said Holt. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to offer this kind of space to our visitors. They don’t have to drive for hours on the road to come and spend a few hours here, and they feel like they’ve come a long way.
Even with all the natural wildlife, staff said, there were no incidents. Those who visit the gardens are warned to stay alert and take precautions, stay on the trails, leave their pets at home, and notify staff of any wildlife sightings.