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Cat stolen twice and dumped in coyote-inhabited wilderness
If a local cat named Kobau could speak, her adventures in the past couple of weeks would make an incredible story.
Several people involved believe Kobau was kidnapped twice in less than a week and dropped off in wilderness areas inhabited by hungry coyotes.
Kobau disappeared from an East Bench home in Osoyoos and was found up a tree Feb. 7 at the Anarchist Mountain rest area, a distance more than 15 kilometres away.
Word of her disappearance and discovery quickly spread through the Osoyoos Times’ Facebook page, and the following day Kobau was reunited with her family.
Kobau was being cared for by Jared Law, whose mother Sandra Law, Kobau’s owner, was on a brief vacation in Mexico, returning to Osoyoos earlier this week.
After Jared Law picked up the cat from the home of Patti Brazeau on Anarchist Mountain, his mother wrote on Facebook: “Mystery may never be solved, but yes, a happy ending.”
The story, however, didn’t end there.
Four days later, Colleen Smith from Rock Creek, announced on Facebook that she and her husband had just rescued Kobau from a tree in the Kettle River Conservation Area several kilometres north of Rock Creek – a distance of about 55 km from Kobau’s home.
“Apparently someone has it in for this cat,” wrote Smith on the Osoyoos Times Facebook page. “People need to be aware that there’s a cat hater in Osoyoos. Leaving a cat in a provincial park full of coyotes is sick! Twice in one week is not an accident.”
Law said the first time Kobau was found on Anarchist Mountain he thought the cat might have made it there on its own, but the second time the cat was gone too short a time to believe it could wander 55 km.
Law thinks the cat could have been driven and dumped by a neighbour unhappy with Kobau’s wandering, but he’s surprised.
His mother has lived in the area many years and knows the neighbours, and there are other cats in the area that also wander outside.
He planned to keep Kobau indoors until his mother’s return on Tuesday this week.
Kobau may have used up a couple of her nine lives recently, but they weren’t her first.
She got her name because she was found about five years ago lost on Mount Kobau.
The young cat was first found on the mountain by Jane Slater, a friend of Sandra Law, who was unable to keep her at the time and gave her to the Laws.
Slater, who also watched the story unfold on Facebook, commented: “Oh Kobau! You are the luckiest cat ever.”
Both Smith, who cared for Kobau in Rock Creek, and Brazeau, who took her in on Anarchist Mountain, instantly fell in love with this good natured, adorable cat.
“I know so much about cats and this was the best cat,” said Brazeau, who has cats of her own. “It was so good natured and it’s really affectionate. It wanted attention all the time and just snuggled. Just the nicest cat you could ever want to meet.”
“She’s a beautiful cat,” she said. “She was just purring and loving and rolling.”
Brazeau said that when Kobau was found near the rest area on Anarchist Mountain, the sounds of coyotes could be heard howling from across the highway.
A neighbour took the cat in, but then turned her over to Brazeau to look after.
Brazeau contacted the Osoyoos Times and sent a photo and we posted it to our Facebook page.
Word spread from there throughout the community and by last weekend more than 1,500 people had seen the story and 38 had shared it.
By the time Kobau was found in Rock Creek, she was well known and Brazeau was able to put Colleen Smith in touch with Jared Law, the owner’s son.
Brazeau and Smith both want word to get out to the community that somebody has likely kidnapped this cat so that people will be on the lookout for the perpetrator.
“She’s lucky to have been found by good people,” said Smith.
It was a group effort that resulted in Kobau being returned home safely, she said. It has also helped a number of cat lovers in the community to make new friends.