An injured bobcat is undergoing a specialized surgery at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo.
The young, female animal was discovered in the Falcon Lake area last weekend suffering from unknown injuries.
Conservation officers set up a live trap and caught it, then made arrangements to hand it over to the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (PWRC) in Winnipeg.
A veterinarian from the zoo sedated the animal for an examination earlier this week and found multiple fractures in a leg and its pelvis. If untreated, the injuries could be life threatening, the vet advised the PWRC.
"PWRC is a small young organization, so this is not in our budget but we don’t want to turn our backs on this creature," said a statement on the PWRC's website.
The organization kept the bobcat stabilized with pain medication until the surgery could take place Friday.
The cost of the surgery is expected to run $1,200 and then there will be the added expense of medications and follow-up treatments.
The PWRC is looking for sponsors and donors to help cover the cost to rehabilitate the bobcat.
Information on how to send donations can be found on the PWRC's website, through the link at the left of this story.
All donors will kept updated on the bobcat's condition and rehabilitation process.
Ultimately, the PWRC would like to release the cat back into the wild.