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SAN DIEGO – A young bobcat was released back into the wild Wednesday after a one-month stint in a rehabilitation center in Ramona.

A homeowner contacted the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in early June to report an ill bobcat with a broken foot wandering around the rural property east of San Diego.

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Bobcat returns to wild after a month in rehab. (Credit: FFAWC)

FFAWC officials captured the emaciated male cat weighing less than 9 pounds, which is less than half the normal adult weight.

Once admitted to the center, veterinarians determined he had an old fracture in his leg and numerous parasites, but was otherwise healthy.

After a month of care, the bobcat passed his final exam Wednesday and was released into the wild around 11 a.m.