Where is OU’s Bobkitten?

Source: OU Archives
Bobkitten and Bobcat

Did you know that the Ohio University mascot, Bobcat, had a wife called Bobkitten? Documents from Ohio University’s archives reveal that, the issue surrounding Bobcat and Bobkitten  is one of “the most highly guarded secrets.”

A Howard Hall senior, Fran Femia was the Bobkitten. Unfortunately, their ‘marriage’ was put asunder after two years by university officials, who said that character was not approved. Femia was disappointed and tried to give reasons why she should be allowed to continue alongside Mr. Bobcat because she had been in existence for at least 24 months. Moreover, Dad’s Weekend was approaching, and it was one of occasions she ceased  to entertain parents and guests. But that chance was taken away by the powers that be.

Their marriage, appeared to be a fruitful one as she even appeared with her husband, Mr. Bobcat on a New York show called “The World of Cats.” But Bobkitten was not needed in the world of cats by Ohio University authorities. Her end was near. The destruction of the kitten character succeeded when the all female Howard Hall was demolished in 1972. The Chi Omega sisters took on the dress back then but little is known of it now.

Photo Credit: Ohio University Archives

Author: Ophelia Adjei-Awuah

I am a young Ghanaian who aspires to change people's lives through the stories I write. I am currently in my senior year at Ohio University. Through practical training to landing a permanent job, I have always loved doing TV reporting. I feel it incorporates every aspect of journalism and makes one more creative. I love making new friends. Laughter keeps me going.

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