It is with very heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a member of the IEAS family. Newt, a resident bobcat, passed away peacefully in his habitat on July 31st. At 21 years old, Newt was one of our oldest feline residents and he called IEAS home for the majority of his life. He came to the Sanctuary when he was about two years old, surrendered by a young couple who could no longer care for him. Newt spent most of his days lounging on his favorite corner perch or in his cave (which stayed nice and cool in the summer heat). Although he kept to himself most of the time, he was definitely a fan of flirting and teasing his two female neighbors, Baby and Cookie.
The one thing Newt's keepers will always remember is how much he loved rolling around in the disinfectant spray that was used to sanitize his habitat. No matter the time of day, where he was, or what he was doing, he would ALWAYS come down to have a good roll on the ground wherever it was sprayed.
Newt lived a long and happy life at IEAS. We were fortunate enough to get to know him and he will be very greatly missed.