DOB 5/1/92 –6/11/2014
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 9/27/96
Amazing Grace was reported to be a three-year-old female ocelot when she arrived on 9/27/96, but appears to be much older. Her ears were very tattered because the place where she lived before had cats with common walls; meaning that one wall of the cage was shared between adjoining cats. When Amazing Grace would rub against the wire, the cat next to her would bite off pieces of her ears trying to get a grip on her. She is safe from harm now and has her own large natural enclosure.
She is affectionately called Gracie by the volunteers at Big Cat Rescue. Gracie has the boldest personality of all the ocelots. She makes her presence known with her guttural voice and greets everyone with enthusiasm. Gracie is also very high strung and loves attention of all sorts, especially operant training sessions. Gracie gets so excited during training sessions and does not want them to end or the keepers to leave. So when keepers end an operant session they must leave behind some enrichment for her to play with. This way Gracie can keep entertaining herself for as long as she wants.
See More About Amazing Grace, the Ocelot (AKA Gracie):
See a video of Amazing Grace rolling around shredding toilet paper – https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=agVnhrFD3ww
Tributes to Amazing Grace: https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/amazing-grace
Song Tribute to Amazing Grace by Desmond Fowles
We think Amazing Grace was 22 when she was euthanized on June 11, 2014, but she may have been a lot older. She seemed amazingly healthy, right up until the last few days, her necropsy showed advanced heart disease and renal failure.
She had come from a breeder, who could get $15,000 for an ocelot kitten, but said Amazing Grace was four and too old to breed. Apparently she had been kept in a cage where their were shared walls with a male, who must have bitten off her ear tips trying to pull her through the wall.
What we do know about Amazing Grace is that she arrived in 1996 and became one of the cats who inspired the frequent statement from volunteers and visitors alike who said, “Gracie is my favorite cat!” Who couldn’t love her enthusiasm for life?
Even though ocelots are primarily nocturnal in captivity, Amazing Grace would never pass up an opportunity to come trotting out, making her guttural, ocelot vocalizations and begin rubbing wildly on the cage wall next to the target of her affections. Amazing Grace knew how to score extra treats and enrichment on a scale that has never been matched by any other cat here.
Her little corner of the world seems so quiet now. It is sad to pass by her triplex and know that all that is left of her is her scent that will probably permeate her favorite spraying tree forever. Some other lucky cat will get her space one day, but will have awfully big paws to fill.