Woman places injured bobcat beside her toddler’s car seat

Pro Tip: Don’t do this.

That warning from Colorado Parks and Wildlife after a woman from Colorado Springs spotted an injured bobcat, scooped it up and put it in the back of her SUV, under a blanket just a few feet from child in a car seat.

Sure, she just wanted to help. Who wouldn’t?

“See this bobcat? Notice its large teeth? Imagine the claws within its big paws,” the parks and wildlife service tweeted. “NEVER PICK UP WILD ANIMALS.”

“She was lucky,” it added.

“Luckily, it was too injured to react to being picked up and placed in a car,” parks and wildlife added.

But. But. But.

“This could have been tragic,” it added.

Parks and Wildlife Officer Sarah Watson responded to the call Sept. 18.

The wild bobcat wasn’t restrained in any way.

The adult male cat was hissing, growling and swiping at Watson when she restrained it with a catch pole.

It turned out the animal’s hind legs were paralyzed.

The big cat couldn’t be saved. It was euthanized.

So the next time you see an injured animal. Call the experts for help.

Photos CPW SE Region/Twitter

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