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An orphaned bobcat kitten in Veterinary Medical Center. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Zoo has taken in a 2-month-old bobcat kitten that was removed from the wild near Eagle Point, Oregon by well-intentioned but misguided humans.

The zoo said in a statement Thursday that the kitten will remain behind the scenes while he awaits transport to another zoo that can house him permanently.

The cub was taken from the woods in July and wildlife authorities determined that after the human contact, he could not survive on his own if released back into the wild.

The zoo says that cubs that appear abandoned actually probably have their mother nearby and anyone who finds an animal in distress should call authorities.

Bobcats — named for their short, bobbed tails — can appear cuddly but are fierce predators that can take down small deer.