Bella was found by hikers in the Tucson area in 1998 when she was just a kitten. Thinking she was abandoned or an orphan, the hikers took her to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. From there she came to Southwest Wildlife, where she was diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine. The diagnosis meant that she wouldn’t do well if released back to the wild, and Bella became a permanent resident at our sanctuary.
As she ages, the curvature of her spine becomes more obvious, although it doesn’t seem to interfere with her daily activities. Bella is a big, beautiful, almost reddish-colored bobcat who enjoys her cat naps in the sun. She's retired to a quiet enclosure off exhibit, but still enjoys her daily visits from staff and volunteers.