DOB 4/22/1997 – 4/11/2015
Sierra and her two mates, a male and female bobcat, were bred for display at the Tennessee National Zoo, but were never used because they were very shy and hid from the public.
The three bobcats grew up together in a holding facility at the zoo. When we rescued Nikita the lioness, the zoo asked Big Cat Rescue to take the three bobcats as well. The male, Rocky, was neutered and the trio lived together for many years at the sanctuary.
Sadly Rocky passed away several years after their rescue. With out Rocky in charge of the bobcat group Sierra and Andi resorted to fighting for the dominant position in their duo. Their fighting continued so they were separated and now live in their own spacious enclosures where they can be their own bosses.
Sierra Bobcat hasn’t been doing well in April of 2015. We are trying some last ditch efforts to get her to eat.
We had been following his story from birth and chased him through his second owner, who sent him along to Big Cat Rescue with three Bengals on 7/19/94. He arrived taped up in a cardboard box. The fury from within the box made opening it a death defying act. As with many exotic cats, the smaller they are, the more fierce they can be. Everyone says that she “looks just like a domestic cat” but careful study of her size and shape shows that she is indeed a wild cat. It wasn’t until we went to have her neutered that we discovered that she had fooled all three of his owners; Nico is a female.
Melanistic Geoffroy cat
Nico speaks to us of the medicine of Antelope which is the call to Action. Antelope reminds Nico that life on this planet is brief and we are all here with a higher purpose than what our Ego paints as its illusion. Our higher calling has nothing to do with hoarding things. The physical body is made of dust and it and all that it gathers will return to dust. Nico wants us to remember that we are called to action on behalf of self, family, clan, nation and finally Mother Earth.
Do something today to make the world a better place. Pick up litter that you didn’t toss. Clean up a mess that you didn’t make. Smile at everyone you meet and silently wish them well. Make a child laugh or teach him to read. Pay the toll for the person you don’t know on the highway behind you. Clean out your closets and garage and give all of the things you have gathering dust to someone who can use them. Nico knows that the more you give, the more abundantly life gives back, but you have to make the first move.
Geoffroy Cat Species Spotlight Video
At 19 Nico needed a tooth extraction to save her life.
More Pages About Nico
* Today At Big Cat Rescue – Walkabout Video: The 3 Texas Tigers, Amanda, Andre and Arthur show off how smart they are at dinner time, enrichment is given to Alex Tiger, Simba Leopard, Zeus Tiger and Sundari Leopard. Check out Nico the Geoffroy Cat’s cute, pink toes. A sickly little foster kitten goes to Jamie for intensive care. See Natasha Siberian Lynx have some mats combed out of her fur. Interns help move her back outside after her seizure and she gets a new Cat-a-Tat. Bobcats, Lovey & Thurston have to move one door down first. http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-23-2014/
* Today At Big Cat Rescue’s Wildcat Walkabout Video August 29, 2013: In this hour long walk about you will see Flavio Tiger in the Vacation Rotation cage and being loaded into a wagon for diagnostics. You will see Bella Tiger making the long walk to the Vacation Rotation cage and enjoying it. You will see the new Kitten Cabana construction, Tommie Girl Bobcat, Tobi Cougar, Gilligan Canada Lynx, Lovey, Thurston, Mary Ann, Moses, Bailey, Anazasie, Windstar,Max and Levi the bobcats. Also rare glimpses at Genie Sandcat, Nico Geoffroy Cat, Pharaoh and Tonga the white servals, Mr E the Leopard cat, Jade and Armani the leopards, Joseph and Sasha the lions and Cameron and Zabu the white tiger. Lots of cats, lots of rain, lots of interesting behavior.
* Today At Big Cat Rescue Ocober 2013 Walkabout Video: Angelica, Angie, Lil White Dove, Little Dove, Levi, Precious, Mary Ann, Thurston, Lovey, Tommie Girl, Moses, Bailey, Andi, Sierra, Cherokee. Leopards: Cheetaro, Jade, Armani, Jumanji, Simba and Nyla. Canada Lynx: Gilligan. Siberian Lynx: Natasha. Caracal: Rusty. Hybrids: JoJo and King Tut. Geoffroy Cat: Nico takes a long bath. Ocelots: Amazing Grace and Nirvana. Tigers: Zabu and TJ. Cougars: Cody, Tobi and Aspen Echo. Lion: Cameron. Sand Cat: Canyon. Servals: Ginger, Nala, Frosty, Kalihari, Zouletta and Zimba… and a whole lot more. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-big-cat-rescue-oct-21-2013/
Nairobi was the mascot in a pet store window until she came to live at Big Cat Rescue July 7, 1994. The pet store owner was afraid that she would bite the small children who were always taunting her and she was right.
Nairobi spends her days lounging in her huge natural Cat.a.tat and can often be found draped over her favorite log without a care in the world.
Levi came to live at Big Cat Rescue in 1995 along with 10 other Bobcats who were destined to be the next year’s fur coat harvest. Our Co-Founder had stumbled upon a facility in Omaha Nebraska that was raising Bobcats and Canadian Lynx for the purpose of harvesting the cats for their fur.
In order to spare these cats, all of them were purchased from the breeder and brought to live at the sanctuary.
Levi was neutered and lived with Tiger Lilly.
Aug 21, 2015 Levi Bobcat was euthanized by Dr. Boorstein tonight. He was dramatically losing weight, suffered from high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, and advanced kidney disease. Upon necropsy it was found that his kidneys were completely shriveled. This was not apparent in our previous blood work because the medications he was on masked the extent of his kidney failure. He was becoming increasingly anemic and dehydrated, despite being given sub q fluids repeated and injections to both stimulate his appetite and reduce his nausea. Tonight Levi made it clear that he was ready to go, so Jamie and Dr. Justin helped ease him over to the other side. He was twenty. Read his tributes here: https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/levi-bobcat
Levi Bobcat has been treated for kidney disease for a year or more, and lately his keepers say he’s acting weird. Levi will usually launch himself aggressively at keepers and is always quick to come for food, treats and even his meds, because he wants to let you know that he’s the boss. We decided to draw some blood and urine and see how his disease is progressing and if there is anything we can do to give him relief.
We tried catching him in his lockout, but that didn’t work, so Plan B is to net him, which no one wants to do because he is so scary.
Nirvana came to Big Cat Rescue from a broker on 7/27/94. He had left her at the vet’s office for dead because she was so dehydrated. Ocelots were once in great demand as pets thanks to their striking coats and small size. However, as with most exotic cats, their unpredictable nature and propensity for spraying soon changes people’s minds.
Many of these once beloved pets end up abandoned, sold to canned hunts or ultimately euthanized. Nirvana was rescued and raised at Big Cat Rescue where she now passes the time climbing trees, catnapping in her man-made cave and spraying the unsuspecting passersby. Nirvana also participates in the operant training program and is one of the specially selected cats that BCR Interns work with each week.
** Stealing images become harder… Thankfully. Someone asked us on Facebook what kind of cat this was; we knew it was an altered photo of Nirvana our ocelot. See the altered image and the original image and learn how to find your photos through Google. http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-march-30-2014/
** Nirvana is in the quarterly newsletter, “The Big Cat Times” Nirvana the ocelot had a swollen cheek. Turns out she had a few bad teeth. She was taken to Ehrlich. Animal Hospital where volunteer vet. Dr. Wynn extracted … http://bigcatrescue.org/000news/Advocat/2011-1.pdf
** Nirvana made “The Big Cat Times” in 2011. Nirvana was moved to a different enclosure. Since her previous home was in a location that did not lend itself to expansion it was connected to the Crazy Bobs … http://bigcatrescue.org/000news/Advocat/2011-2.pdf
Sabre was 3 years old when he arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 7/20/95. Though he was only supposed to be here temporarily, his former owner moved and left no forwarding address.
This could have been another sad ending as most are in the exotic pet world. Luckily, we had taken Sabre in and he will have a home here for life. He is very playful and fun loving and always has a mischievous look on his face. He loves to act very silly, running about his cat-a-tat and jumping on top of his mountain den.
Sabre, like many of our cats, has been relocated to new cat-a-tats a few times. The change of scenery and new neighbors to interact with provide another form of enrichment for our big cats. Sabre has enjoyed the time he has spent among other cougars, tigers, leopards and bobcats. The only thing Sabre probably hasn’t enjoyed is his recent neutering. But now he is back to his old energetic self loving his new location.
Sabre the Black Leopard Tumor Removal
Sabre the black leopard is 22 years old, which is about 10 years longer than most leopards live, but a tumor has begun to grow under his chin and could make it hard for him to swallow, so the difficult decision is made to remove the mass surgically. The surgery could kill him, but the mass could too. This is graphic surgery video so don’t watch if you have a weak constitution.