Rescue of Cypress the Bobcat Kitten
January 4, 2014 9:28 am a call comes in from Bob Strouse who reports that a bobcat has been struck by a car and has dragged herself off the road at Cypress Gardens Boulevard and Hwy 27 in Winter Haven, FL. He has called Animal Control, a local rehabber and several vets, but no one will come help the bobcat. See what happens next:
Max and MaryAnn; a Love Story?
Exotic cats are solitary by nature and don’t want to share space. It is very rare that cats here live together and in every case it has been because they were kittens who had been raised together. Max and MaryAnn the bobcats are two of our youngest residents and both have way too much energy for life in a cage, so we are hoping that they can be introduced. Having someone to play tag with could provide hours of entertainment and hopefully that will lead to a life long love affair that results in having someone warm to snuggle with, or to help stalk lizards as they age.
In order to make sure we don’t produce any kittens, MaryAnn has been spayed and Max is being neutered. They will be in cages that are separated by a tunnel for a while, to see how they react. If they start sleeping close to each other then we will know that they feel trusting enough to open the door and see how it goes.
Introductions are VERY scary for us because we don’t want anyone to get hurt and never want to create a situation for a cat that is anything less than blissful. We are much more nervous about this planned introduction than either of the bobcats are. Hopefully, by the time we send you the February AdvoCat we will have great news about the sweetest Valentine’s Day ever.
If you would like YOUR love to be commemorated in stone, how about engraving your name and your loved ones’ name on a brick with a cute little heart? You will need to order now, for it to be ready to show it off to your lovey on Valentine’s Day. http://store02.prostores.com/servlet/bigcatrescue/the-786/Pave-the-Way-Brick/Detail
Zoo and Circus Alternatives
Want to teach your children to love and respect all wild animals? This article published in the current issue of Vegan Health and Fitness magazine gives some great examples of how parents can guide their children to do just that by avoiding “traditional” animal attractions that we’ve come to learn are usually abusive, such as circuses and zoos. Why families should avoid the circus and zoos
More vegan news at www.VHFmag.com
Lions & Tigers & 2.5 Acres – Oh My!
How Tigers Celebrate Christmas!
The Body Shop Foundation Invites NYC Beauty Editors to Visit
See our Year in Review Video in our 2013 Annual Report
Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation
We hope by sharing a new list with you each month that you will join us in speaking out for the big cats and cubs that are exploited across this country every day. We encourage you to take one small action today and reach out via phone or email to contact one or more of the offenders listed below and politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. Please join us in our mission of Caring for Cats & Ending the Trade. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.
No. 1 For the second year in a row, the Myrtle Beach Marathon (South Carolina) will be a willing participant in the exploitation of tiger cubs as it teams up with one of the country’s most prolific breeders and exhibitors of exotic cats, Bhagavan Antle and his T.I.G.E.R.S. facility. Big Cat Rescue had numerous phone and email conversations last year with Shaun Walsh, president of the marathon, to educate him and the marathon’s board of directors about the extensive breeding and cub petting this facility does. We also informed Walsh that Antle has decades of animal care citations and investigations dating all the way back to 1989. Antle claims his “Rare Species Fund” contributes to wildlife conservation, but Rare Species Fund does not even appear to be a non-profit registered with the IRS. This year Walsh asked us to contact Bill Stanton, whom he said was facilitating the relationship with Antle. Stanton did not reply to our email asking that the marathon cancel the tiger cub exhibit. Please ask the Myrtle Beach Marathon to stop exploiting tiger cubs and cancel the cub display during their marathon. Take action here in this easy to send form: https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/34123/Respond Or contact Shaun Walsh at email@example.com and 843-238-3343. Contact Bill Stanton at firstname.lastname@example.org and 843-233-8088.
No. 2 Thinking of going to see the movie Wolf of Wall Street? DON’T. (This is the easiest action you can make in 2014 to help big cats!) The movie exploits an adult lion and chimp owned by the Rosaire circus family, operators of Big Cat Habitat in Sarasota (Florida). Kay Rosaire once told an audience “to keep a tiger off you, you just poke ‘em real hard with a pitchfork.” Every ticket sold to this movie is a feather in Rosaire’s cap and another way for her to con the public into thinking she runs a legitimate sanctuary. Just say NO with your pocketbook.
No. 3 We’ve learned from the Rainforest Action Network that a shocking new report shows direct ties between hardware flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, organized crime and the illegal logging of the habitat of the last 450 Siberian tigers. This shameless disregard for these highly endangered tigers in pursuit of cheap flooring is not only disgusting, it’s illegal in the U.S. under the Lacey Act and has prompted a federal investigation. Please email Lumber Liquidators’ Founder and Chairman Tom Sullivan and urge him to bring his company into compliance with the Lacey Act and cut supply chain ties with Xiangjia, the supplier which is the source of this illegal hardwood that is threatening tigers. Email Tom Sullivan here: http://www.lumberliquidators.com/custserv/contactPresident.jsp?WT.ad=GLOBAL_FOOTER_EmailTom
No. 4 Last month, wildlife officials in the city of Wall (South Dakota) brutally terrorized and then killed a healthy 2-year-old male mountain lion who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Wildlife officials threw smoke bombs into the hole where the cat was hiding and then used a backhoe to excavate the area until he was forced out! The cat was then killed rather than relocated. Please contact the Governor and Chair of the SD Wildlife Commission to politely let them know you are outraged at the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks official’s barbaric behavior in the senseless death of this mountain lion. Contact SD Governor Dennis Daugaard at 605-773-3212 and http://sd.gov/governor/contact.aspx. Contact SD Wildlife Commissioner Chairwoman Susie Knippling at 605-293-3493 and email@example.com. Note: Most state contact forms require that your address be in that state, but you can still call and email.
No.5 Another heartbreaking mountain lion incident happened in November in the city of Morrison (Illinois) when an Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police Officer deferred to a property owner to make the decision about euthanizing a cat found hiding under a corn crib in his barn. In an interview with local media, IDNR spokesman Tim Schweizer said currently “it’s up to the landowner” to decide whether a potentially threatening animal should be put down. This is ridiculous! Please urge IDNR and the Governor of Illinois to add mountain lions to the list of protected species in Illinois, which they are currently considering! Contact IDNR at firstname.lastname@example.org and James.Renn@illinois.gov. Contact Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/ContacttheGovernor.aspx. Note: Most state contact forms require that your address be in that state, but you can still call and email.
Big Cat Books
Your favorite game maker, puzzle builder and social maven, LaWanna Mitchell, has been snowed in for weeks, but even though she can’t maintain a decent Internet connection she has been busily writing and editing books on big cat topics for the iTunes iBook store and for Amazon.com downloads. One of the biggest projects was https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/big-cat-care/id776635518?ls=1&mt=11. Check it out and you will see links to some of the other books, including some beautifully illustrated children’s books.
Our Most Audacious Project of 2014
If you loved seeing the big cats running, swimming and having a blast in their 2.5 ac Vacation Rotation enclosure, then we hope you will help us build one for the cougars, leopards, lynx and other small cats.
Thank you for a wonder 2013 and with your help 2014 will be even better!