NEWPORT BEACH — The Back Bay's unlikely celebrity, a 5-year-old female bobcat named Babe, will be the star of an upcoming informational event at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center celebrating the close of her year-long sojourn.
Weighing an estimated 17 pounds, Babe doesn't seem like she would cause much of a stir.
Yet, to look at her near cult-like following on a webpage created by fans — or the volume of animal control complaints — it's clear that her small profile gets noticed.
Orange County Trackers a volunteer coalition of wildlife experts, will host an informational meeting Sept. 9 to discuss its annual observations of the local bobcat population and other wildlife.
Photos of Babe, which flooded in by the hundreds, will also be displayed.
After several months of roaming around Dover Shores, Babe and her litter, which she gave birth to in March, have returned to the Back Bay nature preserve, said biologist Dick Newell.