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This Wild Bobcat Missing A Front Leg Can Still Run Like The Wind

The bobcat, recently discovered by biologists in national park land near Los Angeles, is doing so well, in fact, that she's also providing for a kitten.

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Dubbed Bobcat 337, or B-337, she is missing her front left leg, but it doesn't appear to be hindering her ability to hunt or feed at least one kitten, according to the National Park Service.

The cat first came to biologists' attention when she was caught on remote camera, and given a closer look after she was caught in a trap. Despite the exam, it's not clear if the missing leg is a birth defect or an early-life injury.


The footage shows that although Bobcat 337 lost her front leg, she has adapted.

"Bobcats catch live prey, so that means she's managing to hunt with one front leg — and doing it well enough to feed herself and her kitten," biologist Joanne Moriarty said in an announcement.

With a collar now tracking Bobcat 337, biologists hope to learn more about how she pulls it off, and Moriarty says blood samples taken from both cats will reveal more about their lives.

The National Park Service has already learned the two bobcats live in a range smaller than the ranges of other bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Live your best life, B-337!

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Jason Wells is deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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