Nirvana

Nirvana

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Female Ocelot
DOB 6/20/94
Rescued 7/24/94

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Sponsor Nirvana http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

 More About Nirvana

** Today at Big Cat Rescue, October 16th are two photos of Nirvana as well as photos of other cats here. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-16/

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** Today at Big Cat Rescue, November 5th are a couple photos of nosey Nirvana checking out a coffee cup as well as photo of other cats here.  http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-nov-5/

**  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/

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**  Today at Big Cat Rescue, January 25th See a photo of Nirvana on her ramp.  There are also photos of feeding cats on this page.  http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-jan-25/

** Today at Big Cat Rescue, September 8th.  See a photo of Nirvana that looks like an Elvis impersonation pose.  There are also some fun photos of other cats and volunteers doing what they do. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-sept-8/

** Walkabout Video from May 3rd, 2014 has a little footage of Nirvana and Amazing grace. http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-may-3-2014/

** Walkabout Video of October 21, 2013 also has a little footage of Nirvana. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-big-cat-rescue-oct-21-2013/

** (about ocelots in general) 5 Defendants Illegally Sold and Purchased Ocelots and Lied To Cover Up The Sales http://bigcatrescue.org/operation-cat-tale-exposes-illegal-sales-ocelots-calling-donation/

** Nirvana is mentioned in the Keeper Walkabout (January 2009) as are many of the other cats. http://bigcatrescue.org/keeper-walkabout-at-big-cat-rescue-jan-2009/

** 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

** On this page find out about ear rings that have photos of Raindance or Nirvana on them. http://bigcatrescue.org/cat-chat-show-notes-july-31-2013/

** Nirvana was mentioned and photoed in a magazine article http://bigcatrescue.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/CEOMagazineCaroleBaskinShesATiger.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

Sabre

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Sabre

Male Leopard

DOB 3/1/92

Rescued 7/20/95

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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 the black leopardSabre, 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.

 

 

Black Panthers?

 

 

Sponsor Sabre http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

Gorgeous Black Leopard Photo 2011

Gorgeous Black Leopard Photo 2011

 

Why isn’t this cat called a Black Panther?

Ginger

Ginger

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Female serval
Appx. DOB 1/1/2009
Rescued on  5/5/2013

 

Ginger-Serval

Ginger is approximately four years old and was bottle raised from a kitten. She did not have a name, so in keeping with the Gilligan’s Island theme she was named Ginger. Ginger was kept in a cage about 9′ x 12′. On one side of her two cougars were housed and on the other was an empty cage about half the size of hers.

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That empty cage housed another serval who died a few months before the rescue. Sadly the serval had become wedged in between the door panels and died. It is unknown how the serval died. The dead serval was left in the cage for weeks before it was removed and dumped in an open pit just a few feet from the cage.

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Ginger was the first cat at the Kansas property to be captured. She was netted by Big Cat Rescuers so volunteer veterinarian Dr. Justin and the Kansas City Zoo veterinarian could examine her. Despite living next door to two large intimidating cats, witnessing the death of her serval neighbor, and living in complete filth, Ginger was surprisingly calm during her capture and exam, and quickly adapted to her new found comforts at Big Cat Rescue.

 

Above photos are all taken at Big Cat Rescue

Sponsor Ginger http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/products/serval-sponsorship

 

 

Read more about the rescue and see photos and videos here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/most-daring-rescue-ever/

 

Jennifer Answers Ginger’s Cat Call

 

 

Find out more about volunteering.

 

Moses

Moses

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Male Bobcat
DOB 4/22/01 Earth Day
Rescued 5/14/01

 

We gave Moses the birthday of Earth Day, because he was abandoned here with no note and no one to tell us what his story was. He was about four weeks old and near death when his carrier was discovered inside our gates in May. He knew how to nurse from a bottle, which is something that has to be learned over a two or three day period, so we had to assume that he was someone’s failed attempt at a pet.

With proper diet and antibiotics, he was soon well enough to be a playmate to Trick E., the Amurian Leopard Cat, however he quickly outgrew this small cat.

He has been neutered and now and lives with Bailey.

 

 

Sponsor Moses Bobcat here:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

 

Simba

Simba

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Simba

Male Leopard

DOB 6/6/94 – 5/8/2015

Rescued 8/4/94

Simba GOODSimba is a male Asian spotted leopard born on 6/6/94. He came to Big Cat Rescue on 8/4/94 with his sister, Nyla, as a bottle fed baby. Simba had the misfortune of being born the wrong sex.  Backyard breeders always want more females than males.  Since his sister Nyla was cross eyed, he was not a good candidate for breeding and was unwanted.

Seeing what a beautiful leopard he has grown up to be, we are fortunate that we were able to take him in to save him from a long life of breeding.

Simba has always had a predisposition for the female volunteers who care for him.  This was never more evident than when he was recently relocated to a cat-a-tat near Reno, a former circus performing leopard.  Though bigger than Reno, Simba spent most of his time hiding away in his den until he was coaxed out by a female staff member who sat with him and reassured him that everything would be all right.  The term “big scaredy cat” never fit anyone more on that day than it did Simba.

He quickly adjusted to his new surroundings.  He just needed the reassurance, as we all do sometimes, from someone who cares deeply for him.

Simba has arthritis in his old age and is being treated with pharmaceuticals, supplements and laser therapy.

 

 

 

The leopards at Big Cat Rescue are definitely some of the funniest cats at the sanctuary! They’re often “break dancing”, playing with enrichment, stalking tour guests and just being goofy! But remember despite how cute and cuddly they may look sometimes, they are still very much WILD and their mood can change very quickly from fun to ferocious!

 

 

 

More Info About and Photos of Simba

Simba Leopard had an MRI and surgery the last week of December 2014. Here is a link telling you what happened to Simba’s Leopard’s tail:  http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-mri/

Leopards Simba and Nyla Re-Introduced After 15 Years (scroll down the page to find their pix): http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-feb-8-2014/

Simba goes on vacation (scroll down the page to find his photos): http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-feb-19-2014/

On this page there is a video of Simba and Nyla meeting at the Howdy door: http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-jan-30-2014/

On this page is another video. In that video is a clip of Simba going to the vet.: http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-jan-11-2014/

More clips of Simbda can be found in the videos on this page: http://bigcatrescue.org/cat-chat-45/

Operant Conditioning with Jennifer Ruszczyk: http://bigcatrescue.org/operant-conditioning-at-big-cat-rescue/

Photo entitled, ‘Simba Wonders Why?”:http://bigcatrescue.org/wildcat-walkabout-2014-03-01/

How does picking up after our leopards help save tigers in Indochina?? Find out how here: http://bigcatrescue.org/bcr-leopards-answer-the-call-to-save-tigers-in-indochina/

Interns plant greenery in Simba the leopard’s enclosure: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-jan-5/

See two photos of Simba enjoying his platforms and ramps when the Holley’s first made them for him: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-17/ 

Two more photos of Simba on his platforms: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-aug-18/2/

Simba’s sister Nyla: http://bigcatrescue.org/nyla/

 

Cameron

Cameron

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hear big catsCameron the Lion

DOB 10/1/00

Rescued 5/3/04

 

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Cameron the lion and Zabu the white tiger are Big Cat Rescue’s odd couple. They were both born at a run down roadside zoo in 2000 and were rescued in 2004.

At the New Hampshire zoo, Cameron had been raised with Zabu, the white tigress, with the hopes of cross breeding them and selling the resulting liger cubs.

People often hybridize lions and tigers because they are either trying to create a novelty that people will pay to come see or trying to avoid the law. Until recently, some state’s laws did not recognize a 500-pound cross between a lion and tiger to be either. Therefore, people would buy them and claim that laws against owning a lion or tiger did not apply to them. We were told that prior to Cameron’s rescue he had lost over 200 lbs. It was up to us to help turn his life around.

Since Cameron and Zabu were true companions, we had to do whatever we could to make a long life together possible for them. The first step was to build a very large enclosure fit for the two energetic big cats.

Next we spayed Zabu so they would not breed and produce any more cats for life in cages.

Over the years Cameron became more and more possessive of Zabu and would not allow keepers near the enclosure to clean or feed. Because Cameron’s behaviors were testosterone driven we had only two choices; separate him from Zabu forever or neuter him. The decision was easy, Cameron was neutered.

Several months later he lost his mane as a result. It does not seem to bother him though. Cameron’s mood has mellowed dramatically and he seems much more comfortable in the hot Florida summers without the extra 15 pounds of fur around his neck. He has even become much more playful since he no longer worries about everything that is going on around his enclosure. His favorite toy is a big yellow ring which he bats and pushes around his enclosure in the early morning and late afternoon. While it was sad to see Cameron lose his mane, it was completely worth it so that he could continue to live with his best friend Zabu.

 

Cameron Lion Mane   

While Cameron tries to sleep most of the day away (as lions do in the wild), Zabu is extremely energetic and is always pestering him to play. She’ll often give up on him and just run and jump and play with her big red Planet Ball. Of course, that’s after she’s tired of playfully stalking her keepers or trying to spray the groups of visitors that stop by everyday.

 

 

Here are some more pages you can find information, photos, videos, and stories about Cameron:

 

Spring 2014: “What’s Up With Cameron’s Mane?” Why is Cameron losing his gorgeous mane? http://bigcatrescue.org/advocat-2014-04/

See Chris & Gale setting up Piñatas for Cameron and Nikita the lions and Zabu the white tiger in this Wildcat Walkabout Video on April 25, 2014 – http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-april-25-2014/

See photos of Cameron and Zabu heading to their cool den on a hot day, kissing behind their big red ball, and playing with toys by their pond.   http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-may-31/

See the video: Lion + White Tiger = Cameron and Zabu! http://bigcatrescue.org/lion-white-tiger-cameron-zabu/

The rest of the world has “Brangelina” Big Cat Rescue has “CAMBU” !! Cameron the male African Lion and Zabu the female white tiger love each other very much and love “playtime” where they can be very goofy big cats! http://bigcatrescue.org/lion-and-tiger-playtime-at-big-cat-rescue/

Read about working with big cats. http://bigcatrescue.org/work-with-big-cats/

Enrichment is a very important part of the cats’ day.  See Cameron and Zabu attacking a giraffe for Enrichment. http://bigcatrescue.org/lion-tiger-vs-giraffe/

Here are more Enrichment videos.  We would like to invite you to share these videos with your friends and family. http://bigcatrescue.org/tag/enrichment/page/7/

Hearing a lion’s call is one of the most powerful sounds of nature; “Cameron” belts one out in this short clip. http://bigcatrescue.org/roar-a-roar-from-bcrs-male-lion-is-a-powerful-sound/

See a video entitled “If A Lion and Tiger Got Into a Fight, Who Would Win?” http://bigcatrescue.org/if-a-lion-and-tiger-got-into-a-fight-who-would-win/

On this link you will find a video of some of the cats. You will also see volunteers hauling dirt and Cameron and Zabu enjoying their vacation at Big Cat Rescue. http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-jan-30-2014/

Zabu the white tiger takes Cameron’s pumpkin and puts in the water. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-17/

See the video, “Lion and Tiger, Backyard Blitz”. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-big-cat-rescue-nov-8-2013/

After being separated for quarantine and ‘getting fixed’ Cameron and Zabu are reunited. http://bigcatrescue.org/white-tiger-and-lion-november-4-2004-update-2/ and http://bigcatrescue.org/white-tiger-and-lion/

Join is on Facebook to see new photos of the cats every day. http://www.facebook.com/bigcatrescue

Sponsor Cameron http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat