Their motto is: “Leave no one behind” — humans or animals
Last weekend on April 30th, the “Trail Running Adventures” group had more adventure than their usual spotting of golden, blue, white, and violet hues of the wildflowers, or crossing and splashing in the creeks, according to Hassan Aboukhadijeh and David Lateano, the organizers of weekly runs.
“When we crossed a small stream, we noticed a baby bobcat following me and making sounds of distress. It appeared to think that I was its mom and it kept following me as I was recording the video. I couldn’t believe that it was in the water with us as we were crossing. It was one of the most unforgettable moments while trail running,” said Aboukhadijeh, who has grown the friendly and welcoming group to 3,100 runners in the last eight years since he started together with a few friends. Now the Trail Running Adventures is one of the largest running groups in Northern California.
Video by Hassan Aboukhadijeh
After Aboukhadijeh posted this video on their FB page, Christine Sirsi, another runner was worried that the baby bobcat was abandoned. She found out by calling Gold Country Wildlife Rescue that they needed to give the bobcat 24 hours to see if the mother would return. The following morning, Sirsi went to the same spot, and the baby bobcat was still there.
“I was not on the run but saw the video on FB,” Sirsi said. “Well, that post just got me and my daughters’ hearts. Anyway, we set out this am with heavy gloves and the thickest old blanket I could find and tried to find him. Before our hike, we said a prayer that if it was God’s will for us to help this little guy to please lead us to him and let us help save one of his creations. After about two miles, we could hear him crying. We named him Nick short for Knickerbocker, which is the trail we found him on.”
As to Nick, he is now safe at the Gold Country Wildlife rescue center and will get the proper care he needs to grow and hopefully be released back into the wild!
Indeed, with the Trail Runners Adventures group, no one gets left behind! Especially not Nick!