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.
On July 6, 2016 Nairobi was on the observation chart for being a little possessive of her food at breakfast. In the afternoon she was found to be breathing hard, so we brought her into the on site Windsong Memorial and Dr. Justin Boorstein rushed in to do diagnostics. Her Xrays showed that her lungs were completely encased in cancer and he found other masses in the abdomen. At 23 years of age there was nothing we could do, but give her a peaceful transition over the rainbow bridge.
The following is a partial listing (759) of incidents in the U.S. involving captive exotic cats since 1990. The U.S. incidents have resulted in the deaths of 24 humans, 17 adults and 5 children, the additional mauling of 260 more adults and children, 275 escapes, the killing of 146 big cats, and 133 confiscations. There have also been 296 big cat incidents outside the U.S. that have resulted in the deaths of 98 humans and the mauling of 155 humans by captive big cats. These figures only represent the headlines that Big Cat Rescue has been able to track. Because there is no reporting agency that keeps such records the actual numbers are certainly much higher. http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-attacks
Mauled by a Privately Owned Exotic Pet Who Escaped
To see the number of exotic cats abandoned each year check out that section of our most recent Annual Report.
The U.S. represents less than 5% of the entire global population, but up through 2006 79% of ALL captive cat incidents occurred in the U.S. (Now that the US is clamping down on the exotic pet trade, the reports in 2007 show a decline in U.S. incidents compared to the rest of the world) Likewise, Florida represents less than 6% of the U.S. population while 12% of all U.S. incidents occur in Florida. Florida boasts the most comprehensive sets of regulations allowing private ownership of exotic cats while ranking #1 in the highest numbers of big cat killings, maulings and escapes. To view photos of fatal injuries from cases reported in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine click http://bigcatrescue.org/laws/AMJForensicFeline.pdf
July 7, 2016 Berlin, Germany: Two lions escaped from the zoo in the German town of Baruth, which is 46 miles from Berlin. The lions made a run for it at 11am into an area full of guests. A sharpshooting veterinarian was able to sedate the intrepid female lion so that she could be placed back in its cage, along with her male counterpart who stayed at the entry of the cage. No one knows how they made their escape, but the executive director of the wildlife park, Julian Dorsch, told the press that the outbreak was apparently due to ‘human error’.
July 7, 2016 Devon, UK: A Siberian lynx has escaped from Dartmoor Zoo and is on the loose. Keepers have warned it could attack ‘if alarmed or cornered’. Flaviu, arrived the night before his escape by chewing through a board in the wall of the enclosure. Police are on site and a helicopter is combing the area while children in a local nursery are being kept inside. Around 30 visitors were ushered to safety this morning and the zoo was shut for the day on the advice of the local council.
July 2, 2016 Spain: An animal caretaker has been killed by a tiger at a nature park in the southern Spanish town of Benidorm. The 37-year-old woman was attacked by the tiger while she was in his cage. According to news website Ultima Hora, she had left a gate to the tiger area open. Police contacted the Red Cross and ambulances rushed to the scene – Terra Natura de Benidorm nature park – but they were not able to act until the tiger had been tranquilised.
June 16, 2016 OR: Josephine County Animal Protection Officer David Pitts reports that the Great Cats general manager, Sarah (or Sherrie Johnson?), told him keeper Sara Romswinckel hadn’t noticed that the tiger’s “den” was unlocked when she pulled a cable opening a “guillotine” door, which in turn allowed the cat, a white tiger named Scooby, to enter the den. When the tiger then rubbed his face against the gate, it opened, prompting Romswinckel to push her body against it an effort to close the gate. When the keeper then put her arm across the slightly open gate, to gain leverage, the tiger struck. Romswinckel suffered fractures and extensive soft-tissue damage. Pitts reported that the tiger, if it escaped the den, could have hopped a 6-foot wooden fence. Craig Wagner, the park President, previously was cited for a “photo shoot,” where a teenager handled a tiger and leopard was bitten by the leopard, according to a USDA complaint filed in 2013.
June 12, 2016 Canada: A lynx scratched a little girl at the Ringtail Ranch in Wainfleet. The child pulled on a Plexiglas window on the enclosure, opening it wide enough that the lynx was able to reach out its paws and scratch the girl on either side of her head. She was standing there with her parents. Welland and District Humane Society executive director John Greer said the cat’s claws could easily cut through skin, and “it’s ridiculous the amount of damage they can do in a very short period of time.” “The little girl really got lucky,” he said.
June 7, 2016 UT: An Amur leopard escaped and was at large at the Hogle Zoo during peak visiting hours. Zeya, a 60-pound, four-year-old Amur Leopard, is one of the smallest animals to live at the zoo’s Asian Highlands exhibit. They said she apparently climbed up some mesh fencing that surrounds the enclosure and squeezed through one of the 6″ by 6″ holes at the top. A large quantity of Zeya’s fur was found on the mesh, which led zoo officials to reach this conclusion about Zeya’s escape. Zeya was found sleeping on a beam about 15 feet in the air just outside the fence to her cage. Her escape prompted a lockdown at the zoo and guests were ushered into buildings as workers contained Zeya. An emergency response time shot her with a tranquilizer dart and she was taken to the zoo’s hospital for observation.
May 21, 2016 Chile: Two lions were killed after a man jumped into the lion enclosure at the Santiago Metropolitan Zoo in Chile, local police said. They say the man climbed over the fence and removed his clothes before he approached the lions inside the enclosure, and zoo staff shot the lions to protect him. The incident has provoked outrage on social media, while the zoo is defending its actions.
Apr 21, 2016 TX: The Conroe Police Department began receiving phone calls reporting a small tiger on the loose. Given that tigers are not native to the Houston, Texas suburb, this probably seemed pretty strange. Conroe police are not pleased with the young tigress’ presence. Dorcy McGinnis of the Conroe Police Department told KHOU, “[The tiger] is a very strong animal. It definitely would not be appropriate here in the City of Conroe.” Although tigers can be legally kept as pets in the state of Texas, Conroe’s city ordinances prohibit owning or harboring a “dangerous animal” in the city. A day later and no owner has come forward.
Apr 15, 2016 Palm Beach, FL: A woman has died after a tiger injured her inside the tiger’s night house at the Palm Beach Zoo. The victim was said to be “very knowledgeable about the tigers and loved them dearly”. She was flown by Trauma Hawk to St. Mary’s for treatment, according to Naki Carter, a zoo spokesperson. Police said the tiger was tranquilized. Authorities had to wait until the drugs took effect on the tiger before rescue crews could get to the victim. Yes, that’s two people killed by captive tigers on the same day. A new record.
Apr 15, 2016 San Salvadore: A white tiger being kept in a private zoo in El Salvador fatally attacked its keeper and escaped but was recaptured hours later. “It looks like the keeper wasn’t following safety protocols as he fed the white tiger and it attacked him, causing serious injuries that caused his death.” The big cat was being kept in an animal park run by a group called the Wildlife Refuge Foundation on the outskirts of Jayaque, a town just west of the capital San Salvador.
Apr 2, 2016 Malta: The hunters’ international fair, organised by the Hunters’ Federation, attracted thousands of visitors to Montekristo Estates for a weekend of guns, ammunition and hunting paraphernalia. It also attracted visitors to the animal park that had been closed last Nov after the mauling of another child by a tiger on the loose. While the zoo was inexplicably open, a second child, this time a young boy, suffered scratches to his neck and back from another animal, a juvenile lioness.
Mar 7, 2016 Russia: A toddler has been mauled by a lion cub after it was left to run loose in a Russian park in Vladimir, east of Moscow. A traveling “zoo” owner was showing off the lion cub in the park. Within seconds the young animal’s attention is diverted to a small child sitting nearby and the cub races to the boy and begins to maul his neck. His mother can be heard screaming in Russian “get him” as the helpless child cries out “mummy.” The handler quickly pulls the lion off the toddler and proceeds to beat it.
Feb 28, 2016 Canada: The owner of Papanack’s Exotic Animals shot and killed a five-year-old male lion named Zeus that had escaped from its enclosure. Officers from Hawkesbury OPP rushed to the scene and found the African lion walking near the entrance of Papanack Park Zoo, an unfenced area. There was no way to contain the animal, police say, and the zoo owner was forced to shoot it. Kerri Bayford posted on behalf of the park “At approximately 5:19 p.m. our male lion breached its primary perimeter fence. Police were called immediately and within minutes our staff, with police present, made the decision to euthanize the lion on our property,” Bayford wrote. “The risk to the public of trying to sedate the lion was simply too high as the sedative takes too long to kick in and this would have put everyone at risk.”
Jan 21, 2016 Australia: A 12 year old tiger has attacked a keeper at an Australian zoo founded by the late Steve Irwin. The incident, which took place Thursday morning at the Sunshine Coast’s Australia Zoo, left 41-year-old Che Woolcott with “significant puncture wounds” to his head and forearm, according to local media reports. He was treated at the scene before being transferred to the hospital.
Dec 18, 2015 Canada, BC: Creston RCMP say a cheetah was spotted along Highway 3a in the Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay areas. The cheetah was seen at the side of the road near Kootenay Bay by a motorist who took some pictures of the cat wearing an orange cloth collar and called the RCMP.
Dec 17 2015 Durban South Africa: A tiger that had escaped from its enclosure at the Natal Zoological Gardens and Lion Park in Cato Ridge on Tuesday has been shot dead. The circus tiger, owned by Brian Boswell had originally survived the shot gun blast and walked off into the nearby bushes. It was not clear if the tiger was shot a second time or if it died from its wounds later.
Nov 29 Malta: Ħal-Farrug zoo was closed by its owners after a tiger severely injures a 3 year old boy. A spokesman for the zoo said the incident happened when the two handlers were walking the “friendly” tiger, which they had raised, outside its cage since it had been slightly unwell. The tiger was lying on the floor when the incident happened. Upon seeing the animal, the boy ran towards it, prompting the tiger to raise its paws, lashing the child in the face in the process, the spokesman said.
Nov 16 Yemen: Other than rebels, Saudi troops also have to deal with other elements while fighting in Yemen. In this case, they had to deal with a lion! The lion attacked the Saudi soldiers but the trained soldiers managed to control him. They eventually tied him to a tank with a rope.
Nov 1 2015 Mexico: Police in Mexico are on the lookout for two tigers that escaped from a ranch in the western state of Michoacán. Such incidents are a regular occurrence in Mexico, where ownership of big cats is not uncommon. Just two days earlier, another tiger escaped from a hotel where it was kept as an attraction in the neighboring state of Guerrero. In September 2015, authorities in Jalisco state captured yet another tiger that had escaped from a gated community in the city of Guadalajara.
Nov. 1, 2015 OMAHA, NB: A 33-year-old woman is recovering from a severe hand injury after police say she broke into the Omaha Zoo to pet a tiger. Officer James Shade says the woman acted aggressively and appeared to be intoxicated. Police determined that the woman snuck into the zoo to try to pet a tiger. She was bitten when she reached into the animal’s cage. The woman was ticketed on suspicion of trespassing while she was being treated at the hospital.
Oct 3, 2015 Bahalwpur Zoo: A zookeeper identified as Fayyaz was badly injured when two lions attacked him after he entered the lion enclosure. The incident happened when the zookeeper reportedly entered the enclosure to shift the cubs to another room.
Sept 19, 2015 New Zealand: The woman killed by a male tiger named Oz at Hamilton Zoo today was senior staff member, Samantha Kudeweh, age 43 who held the job title of Zoo Curator. She had over 20 years experience in the field. Before joining the team in Hamilton, she had spent eight years at Auckland Zoo and two years at Melbourne and Werribee Zoo’s. Before working in zoo, she completed a BSc at Auckland University.
Sept 16, 2015 Warsaw, Poland: A police spokesman says a tiger has fatally wounded a keeper at a zoo in Wroclaw, southwestern Poland. Rynkiewicz said the rare Sumatran tiger attacked the man during routine cleaning of the animal’s run. Prosecutors are investigating the accident. TVN24 said the man had 20 years of experience in taking care of predators at the zoo.
Sept 8, 2015 Suzhuo, China: A lioness was hit by a car and then shot 20 times by police after escaping a local circus.
Sept 6, 2015 Indianapolis, IN: The Indianapolis Zoo issued a Code Red after a cheetah escaped from its enclosure. The cheetah somehow got onto the “beaver bridge” and managed to escape its enclosure. Zoo officials said the cheetah was one of two new brothers that came to the zoo from San Diego a week ago.
Sept 4, 2015 Hemet, CA: A 3 month old tiger was found wandering the streets of Hemet, CA before being turned in to the Ramona Humane Society for care. The 25-pound cub was found declawed and will need surgery to remove a hernia from his abdomen. It has been illegal to declaw big cats in the U.S. since 2006. He has been sent to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, CA.
Aug 17, 2015 Detroit, MI: Animals of Montana brought an adult tiger, bobcats and wolves to the abandoned Packard Plant for a photo shoot. When the tiger escaped handlers instructed the film crew to chase it downstairs using a weedwhacker and a tarp. City officials claimed they had no idea that wild animals would be brought to the site, much less set free.
Aug 14, 2015 Morganton, NC: Tyra, a Serval, went missing in the White Street/Valdese Avenue area of Morganton. Owner Jon Freed is afraid someone will mistake his 45-pound cat for a cheetah. Freed recently moved from Fort Mill, South Carolina, to Morganton, NC. Tyra escaped from Freed’s screened-in porch. This is yet one more reason why we need a federal ban on exotic cat possession.
Jun 14, 2015 Georgia Russia: Tigers, lions, a hippopotamus and other animals escaped from the zoo in Georgia’s capital after heavy flooding destroyed their enclosures, prompting authorities to warn residents in Tbilisi to say inside Sunday. At least 12 people have been killed in the disaster, including three zoo workers. One lost his arm to a tiger last month.
Jun 1, 2015 Johannesburg, SA: Katherine Chappell, 29, a visual effects artist for Game of Thrones, was killed and her tour guide seriously injured in an attack by a lioness at the Lion Park near Lanseria. The two people were travelling in the car with their windows open. It’s understood a lioness jumped through the open window, biting the woman who was in the passenger seat. The driver, a tour guide, was badly injured while attempting to free the woman from the animal’s grasp. The park’s Scott Simpson said, “There was a car driving to the lion camp and the lioness came through the window and it bit the tourist. The ambulance arrived quite soon but the lady has passed away.” Three months ago an Australian tourist was bitten in the thigh while driving though the park, also with his window down.
Jun 2, 2015 Alor Gajah, Malaysia: The body of the 38-year-old animal keeper named Herman who was mauled to death by a tiger at a popular resort has been sent back to his country of origin. District police chief Superintendent Muhammad Ismail Muhammad Yusof said “In classifying the case as sudden death we have closed the case and the victim, who was single, has been sent back to Indonesia.” He went on to say, “It could be that the caretaker had taken his relationship with the tiger for granted since he had been handling the tiger for the past eight years, including bathing and feeding it.”
May 27, 2015 Russia: Doctors had to amputate one arm on a woman who was attacked by a tiger in Tbilisi Zoo. The victim, Guliko Chitadze, is a 25 year veteran of the zoo. She was in the caretaker area at the time of the incident, while the tiger was inside the cage. She was taken to the hospital and according to the doctors she is in a serious condition, and her legs may have to be amputated. Tbilisi Zoo was opened in 1927 and currently holds 300 species of animals, including white tiger, white lion, African wild dogs, elephants and penguins. There are also fishes and reptiles. (The very fact that they are exhibiting white tigers and white lions would seem to indicate they are just a roadside zoo.
May 24, 2015 Tiger Temple, Thailand: The abbot of the province’s renowned “Tiger Temple” is in hospital after he was mauled by one of the scores of tigers that have made the monastery world famous. The monk said he was walking Hern Fa, a male Bengal tiger aged about seven or eight, on the temple’s ground. The abbot had raised the tiger from a young age and loved it very much. Suddenly Hern Fa attacked the 64 year old monk. It mauled his face and shoulder. The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) first announced the seizure of 10 tigers kept at the temple about a decade ago because the temple had no permit to keep them. However, officials then asked the temple to help take care of the animals instead of taking them back. Department chief Nipon Chotiban said he did not know why the authorities wanted the temple to take care of the tigers. The number of tigers has since increased from 10 to 146. The department recently wanted the temple to hand them over, saying it had no permits to keep them. But Luangta Chan and his disciples are fiercely opposed to the removal of the tigers and other wildlife from the temple. The 146 tigers and their future offspring are state property and could remain at the temple on the condition that it must seek a legal permit to operate a zoo. The temple must not exploit the tigers and use legal ways to generate income to feed the animals.
May 17, 2015 China: A lion was shot dead after it killed one of its keepers and escaped at the Taian Tiger Mountain Park in Shandong. Authorities said the 65-year-old keeper was cleaning the enclosure when the lion bit him on his shoulders and neck. He died later from his injuries. The lion was on the loose in the zoo for more than an hour before it was shot dead by police. The spokesman said they cornered the lion by a wall within the zoo grounds, and shot it dead to “ensure the safety of park visitors”.
Apr 30, 2015 OKC, OK: A 4-year-old Sumatran tiger named Lola got out of her enclosure at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Officials said they issued a “Code Red,” alerting zoo staff to the situation. In a statement, they said: “In keeping with the Zoo’s safety protocol, the public was ushered out of the Cat Forest area and Zoo-wide announcements were made to inform guests of the situation. The veterinary team immobilized the animal at approximately 2:02 p.m. to extricate her from the space between the exhibits and transport her to the tiger holding building. The veterinary staff is monitoring her condition and she continues to recover well from the immobilization. The emergency alert was cleared by 2:25 p.m. and the Zoo resumed normal operations.” Visitors to the zoo told CBS “We ran, we were weren’t really thinking about anything, we were just going, we were just running out. It was just pretty – pretty intense,” said Dean Smith.
Apr 29, 2015 London, England: A man was mauled to death by lions after jumping into the lions’ enclosure at the East London zoo. Buffalo City Metro spokesman Thandy Matebese said “According to the CCTV footage‚ the man entered the zoo this morning at around 9am. He paid the entrance fee and proceeded into the zoo premises. He was alone and did not display any signs of being emotional or distressed. We suspect that he used the corner of the security wall and the fence of the lion’s enclosure to climb up and jumped over the fence. His corpse was discovered around 10am when it was time to feed the lions.”
Apr 15, 2015 Seattle, WA: A 6-month-old lion cub walked out of its exhibit through an open door April 15, the same day handlers moved elephants Bamboo and Chai to the Oklahoma City Zoo. The cub roamed the service area in the feline building for about an hour before being returned to his exhibit. The escape fuels the ongoing legal battle surrounding the elephants. It was used as evidence of a pattern of unsafe handling in a complaint filed Monday by a group that wants Bamboo and Chai moved to a sanctuary instead of another zoo.
Apr 1, 2015 Lion Park, South Africa: Only two days after an Australian tourist was bitten by a lion at the Lion Park in Honeydew, Joburg, a 13-year-old boy was attacked by a cheetah. The boy who lives in an informal settlement close by, had been riding his bicycle when the incident happened. Park manager, Scott Simpson said that the boy had cut through a wire fence and took a short cut through the park. Two game guides rushed to assist him, but the cheetah managed to bite him twice before they reached him. Even though cheetahs are known to be the most docile of the big cats, often found in petting pens at wildlife experience centres, their natural instincts to chase after moving prey may kick in in these sorts of situations. Two days before this incident, Brendan Smith from Australia had been attacked by a lion. He had opened his window while driving through the Lion Park.
Mar 27, 2015 China, Yichun city, Jiangxi: A zookeeper, named Gong, was attacked by a tiger at the zoo. Employees rushed to drive the tiger away and injected it with anesthetic, while paramedics carried out the badly mauled body. Despite immediate medical treatment, the keeper was later pronounced dead. Reports from the scene indicate that after the tiger was fed that morning, someone at the zoo forgot to close the door separating the enclosure from the feeding area.
Mar 9, 2015 India, Bannerghata National Park: With more than 50 bite wounds and scratches, doctors are keeping a close watch on the animal keeper, who continued to remain critical a day after he was mauled by a lion. Krishna (38) was with four others in the holding house at the lion safari when the big cat slipped through an open squeeze cage and pounced on him. “He has at least 20 deep wounds, and nearly 40 scratches. The surgery on the deep wounds is scheduled for Thursday. As it is an animal bite, there is a high chance of infection that can spread to the muscles causing gangrene,” said A.N. Venkatesh, Head of the Department of Emergency at Apollo Hospitals on Bannerghata Road. Nakula (4), the 200-kg lion that had attacked his keeper continued to remain in its pride of ten.
Feb 15, 2015 Monterey: A stunned Miguel Martinez, 32, got home from work and discovered a lion in his front yard, trying to get into his house with his young daughter. He saw the big cat lying under a bush outside his front door as he pulled into his driveway, assuming it was a toy – until it started growling. Fearing his children would be attacked, Mr Martinez sat in his Audi and called police, who arrived and humanely trapped the seven-month old beast. A 19-year-old pregnant neighbour, Maria Fernanda Martinez, who had named him Simba after receiving him as a gift for getting pregnant.
Feb. 12, 2015 Seoul, South Korea: An zoo keeper died after apparently being attacked by two lions at a zoo in South Korea’s capital, officials said. A colleague found the keeper, 52-year-old Kim Geun-bae, unconscious and bleeding heavily from his neck and legs in the animals’ enclosure, as a male and female lion wandered near him, according to Seoul Children’s Grand Park official Jisun Lee. Kim was pronounced dead at a hospital about two hours later, she said. There were no witnesses or visitors at the time of the attack because the zoo has been closed since last week to prevent the spread of avian flu, Lee said. The park said Kim had 20 years’ experience as an animal keeper and had been working with dangerous animals such as lions, tigers and leopards for the past three years.
Feb. 9, 2015 Egypt: Faten El-Helw was in the middle of her routine, dancing and waving to the crowds during the circus performance in Egypt, when the lion attacked. The crowd of adults and children can be heard screaming and the music stops as her fellow performers rush to her rescue. El-Helw comes from a long line of lion tamers – many of whom have suffered similar attacks. Her late husband Ibrahim reportedly died from his injuries after being attacked by a lion in 2004, while relative Mohamed El-Helw was mauled and died during the 1980s.
Feb. 2015 Johannesburg, SA: ‘I’m 15 years old and have survived mauling by lions in a cage which was opened by the ranger,’ Neha Sharma wrote. ‘The lions were as tall as me and attacked my head… I could hear lions teeth crunching on my head and biting my arms and chest. While I was passing out I could hear mum and dad screaming for help.’ Dr Sharma recalled ‘My wife and I were yelling, kept asking the Park Ranger to help Neha but he remained on the ground. He just left my daughter and didn’t move once. So I thought he was dead.’ Dr Sharma said he could hear his daughter screaming out for him as he watched the lion bite her head, arms and legs. Neha then became unconscious when the lion bit her on her chest. ‘I felt so helpless. That moment felt like hell to me. No one was around to help and I thought I was going to be left with nothing,’ Dr Sharma said. ‘So at that point, I remember thinking that I had to fight the lion myself knowing that I was going to die. I knew if I went in, I would be killed but that would be better than watching my daughter get eaten alive.’ But Neha extraordinarily regained consciousness at that moment, stood up and ran straight towards the cage gate where her father opened it and let her out.
Dec 25, 2014 Kuala Lampur, Malaysia: The Malayan tiger escaped the Taiping Zoo when maintenance work was being carried out by new workers. Workers immediately shot the animal with a tranquiliser dart, however it managed to run into the forest area nearby after jumping over the 1.8 metre zoo wall. The tiger was found in the forest and was shot with a tranquiliser dart again and was recaptured.
Dec 11, 2014 Kuwait City: A Filipina woman died two days after she was attacked by a lion inside a house in Sulaibikhat. According to security sources, the medical report indicated that the housemaid was bitten by the lion inside her employer’s house where the owner allegedly raises wild animals. During interrogations, the sponsor denied raising a lion in his house. A case has been registered and further investigations in this regard are ongoing.
Dec 7, 2014: Barcelona, Spain: A 45 year old man, with a history of odd behavior, leaped into the lion’s cage at the Barcelona Zoo, and was mauled by 3 lions. He was dragged down a tunnel by three beasts in the frightening attack. He was rescued alive, but taken to hospital in a serious condition after being bitten a number of times.
Dec 3, 2014: Buckhead, GA: A SiberianLynx attacked his caregiver while his owner, Fred Boyajian, was out of town. The person was reportedly bitten on the head at the 3000 block of Paces Ferry Road NW. Police say the woman was bitten on her head and had cuts on her arms and back. She was treated at the hospital. David Laws, the primary caregiver for the cats tried to downplay the event, but the 911 call was pretty terrifying. The owner has 9 cats, including 4 Siberian Lynxes, one Canada lynx, and 3 other cats of comparable size. Channel 2’s Carl Willis went to the neighborhood, where neighbors said it isn’t the first incident involving the large cats. Neighbors are nervous as it’s still not clear how the animal was able to attack a person hired to feed them. They say it doesn’t help matters that one of the large cats has gotten loose in the neighborhood before. Aerial footage from NewsChopper2 showed a large cat pacing in its cage at a home in Buckhead. It was moments after police say a Siberian Lynx bit someone. Police found the victim bleeding heavily from her head. DNR says the owner is permitted to breed the animals on the property. In 2004, another lynx, belonging to the same owner, got loose. A 50-pound lynx was spotted near a home on Beechwood Hills Court. “Because I don’t think any of us really know how they’re being contained and if one of them was to get out and bite someone in my family or anyone else, it’d be pretty terrifying,” a neighbor said.
Oct. 31, 2014 China, Chongqing, Xinhua: A circus tiger killed an 8 year old girl in southwestern Chongqing Municipality. She slipped into an closed animal training site of a circus in Leheledu Amusement Park and died in the hospital after serious injuries. The circus is hired by the Leheledu Amusement Park for performances. A spokesman from the park said they have reached initial agreement on settling the incident with the victim’s family.
Oct. 21, 2014 Thailand: Phuket’s Tiger Kingdom closed its Big Cat enclosure after a 15-month-old tiger attacked Australian tourist Paul Goudie, 49, biting his both legs and stomach. Bangkok Post reported that Mr Goudie has undergone surgery and has more operations scheduled. The incident happened while Mr Goudie was walking around in an area where visitors are allowed to touch and take photos with the big cats. The adult tigers are reportedly chained and drugged so that visitors can cuddle up to them and take photographs. Tiger Kingdom has closed Big Cat enclosure temporarily, though visitors can still visit cages containing smaller tigers, reported Phuket Wan.
Oct. 10, 2014 Little Rock, AR: A three-year-old boy was mauled when he fell from the railing above the jaguar pit at the Little Rock Zoo. According to the police report, the boy’s grandfather placed the toddler on the railing to view the two jaguars. His father Andrew Garber was taking pictures of the cats when he says he saw the boy fall in his peripheral view. The boy fell four-and-a-half meters, or about 15 feet, into the jaguar pit. Witnesses told THV11 they saw one jaguar biting child’s neck and the other biting the boy’s foot. The toddler suffered a fractured skull, scalp lacerations and minor puncture wounds both during the fall and jaguar attack.
Oct 9, 2014 St. Paul, MN: Brian Casey Phillips climbed over the guardrail at the Como Zoo and was apparently yelling at the cougars in the exhibit and pushing on the cage wall when he apparently was scratched by one of the cougars. He was cited for disturbing zoo animals and released at the scene.
Oct. 6, 2014 Jupiter, FL: A construction worker lost his thumb after being bitten by a tiger at Zoological Wildlife Foundation (a ZAA member) owned by a convicted felon and suspected drug kingpin, Mario Tabraue. Visitors to the zoo are encouraged to interact with the animals in the vast collection, which includes an alligator, different types of monkeys, birds, two different kinds of anteater, a fox and other exotic creatures.
In December 1987, the Associated Press reported that Tabraue was arrested as part of a sting operation targeting a drug-trafficking ring that killed an informant and dismembered his body while smuggling in a half-million pounds of marijuana. During the trial, witnesses recounted how Tabraue and an associate allegedly carved up the corpse of federal informant Larry Nash with a circular saw, dumped it in a horse trough and set it alight. Tabraue’s drug-smuggling operation allegedly imported 500,000 of tons of pot and more than 200lbs of cocaine from Colombia, earning him $75million in profit.
Now Tabraue funds Frank Vitello, a lobbyist to thwart the Big Cats & Public Safety Act which would put an end to the private collection of big cats.
Sept 22, 2014 Delhi Zoo: A white tiger attacked and killed a 20-year-old man named Maksood who apparently slipped and fell 18 feet into a dry moat at the Delhi zoo. Some say he was sitting on the enclosure, others say the barricade was too low and he fell in. A witness said he raced to the tiger enclosure after hearing screams, to see the man locked in the tiger’s jaws, “writhing badly in pain”.
“We saw some kids throwing in small sticks and stones inside the tiger enclosure. Then we saw that a white tiger had gripped a man by his neck. No one helped him,” said Himanshu, a visitor. Witnesses say the man suffered for an agonizing 10-15 minutes before dying.
“The tiger didn’t attack at first, till stones were thrown at it. I saw the man folding his hands before the tiger, who kept looking at first. The man tried to run away but the tiger swiped at him, wounding his neck. Then it carried him away by the head,” said Bittu, a witness who filmed the horrific incident on his mobile phone.
August 24, 2014 Rietfontein, Johannesburg, S. Africa: A circus worker sustained severe bite wounds and lacerations to his neck and chest, Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said in a statement. The tiger escaped from its enclosure early on Sunday morning. The man was taken to hospital. Botha could provide no further details on the attack. Nor could he provide the name of the circus, which he said was on Beyers Naude Drive.
August 23, 2014 Dallas, TX: A 35 year old senior zookeeper is recovering after being attacked by a lion at the Dallas zoo. “We had an unfortunate incident and accident with one of our keepers who was actually in the same space with a lion and was bitten by the lion,” said Gregg Hudson, President and CEO of the Dallas Zoo. One of two Zookeepers who were present, inadvertently left the door of an enclosure area open. The male Zookeeper who, according to zoo officials, is among the most experienced, was bitten at least once on the shoulder and scratched several times. “Anytime that you’re bitten by a lion, it’s going to be pretty serious …but I was able to speak to him this afternoon and he’s in good spirits, ” assured Hudson.
August 16, 2014 Cusco, Peru: The teacher, who was out with the students for a day of fun at the Monaco Circus in Cusco, Peru, was called out by the lion tamer to show her students that the animal didn’t pose a threat. But the applause quickly turned to screams of terror when she entered the cage and the lion attacked her, dragging her out in front of the crowd with its teeth while her students watched in shock.
August 10, 2014 Aiken, SC:Lt, Jake Mahoney with the Aiken Department of Public Safety is investigating the disappearance of a pet mountain lion from a Aquarium Pets on Richland Avenue West in Aiken. The animal is described as black in color, (mountain lions are all tan, so was this really a black leopard?) weighing approximately 100 pounds, and three feet tall. The mountain lion was wearing a dog harness when it was last seen. The owner told officers that the animal has been declawed, which has been illegal since 2004. Investigators have determined that the entire story has been fabricated, Mahoney said Sunday evening. Mahoney said at this time there is no indication as to why the original complainant fabricated the story. The search for the missing mountain lion has now turned into a criminal investigation pertaining to the filing of a false police report. The stats for escapes and incidents above have been reduced accordingly.
August 1, 2014 Brazil: An 11-year-old boy was visiting Cascavel Zoo in Parana, Brazil, when he jumped over the barriers and started trying to touch a tiger named Hu through the fence. Before the boy’s father realized his son was in the prohibited area, the tiger had attacked the child. He was taken to a nearby hospital, but his arm was so damaged that after several operations surgeons decided they had to remove it.
July 30, 2014 Queensland, Australia: An animal handler is recovering after being bitten by a tiger named Juma at Australia Zoo (owned by the family of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin) on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The 42-year-old suffered puncture wounds while trying to move the big cat to another enclosure. He was taken to hospital in a stable condition. Last year, 30-year-old tiger handler Dave Styles was mauled on the neck and shoulders during an attempt to swim with tigers.
July 27, 2014 Tawas, MI : Renae Ferguson and her daughter Tina Dobson said the lion attack happened at the Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park. They were visiting the zoo when they claim a worker let them into the lion’s cage. “I was totally in shock. I really didn’t believe that was part of my finger laying on the ground,” Renae Ferguson said. “I put my hand down there to pet it and it ripped my finger,” Ferguson said.
July 27, 2014 France: A lion reached out of his cage and scratched a 16-month-old girl at the Claudio Zavatta Circus in France, injuring the child’s head and back. The child wandered away from her parents and walked past a security barrier that way around the animals’ cages. The lion stuck a paw out of his cage and grabbed for the girl. She was taken to the hospital to be stitched up. The news came the same day as a not guilty verdict for the owner of a circus elephant that killed an elderly man.
April 14, 2014 Khobar, Saudi Arabia: A tiger in a private zoo attacked an Asian worker when he was cleaning the premises. Other workers managed to free the man before the beast could devour him. Despite the efforts, the worker died due to the severe injuries he sustained on his head, shoulder, and other parts of his body. The incident took place earlier this week, reported Sabq news.The spokesman for the Eastern Region Police, Colonel Ziad Alriqaiti said that they were investigating the incident that took place at the small private zoo near a housing complex in the eastern town of Khobar.
Feb 17, 2014 China: After going to the Chengdu Zoo, 27 year old Yang Jinhai wrote how depressing it was to see the ‘noble and magnificent tigers’ living in such humble surroundings, where they were caged and unable to follow their natural instincts to hunt and kill. He then announced that he had decided to sacrifice himself in order to provide the Bengal tigers with support. He climbed into the tiger cage to sacrifice himself, but was rescued by staff after being dragged around the cage for a while by the tigers.
Jan 26, 2014 Montgomery, AL: An inbred white tiger escaped from her enclosure and entered another animal pen at the Montgomery Zoo, prompting a lockdown of the facility. WSFA-TV reported that a street near the zoo was temporarily blocked during the lockdown. Montgomery police also responded to the situation. The tiger was out of her exhibit for about 30 minutes. The big cat was tranquilized and returned to her own enclosure. Zoo officials are now working to repair the breach in the underwater fencing. The zoo introduced its two young tigers in March.
Jan 20, 2014 Tbilisi, Ukraine: A 24 year old lion tamer, named Roman Gurkin, from a group of Ukrainian performers entered the lion’s cage to do some cleaning, and that was when the animal attacked. Gurkin, who had been caring for the lion for years, died from his injuries at the Republican Hospital in Tbilisi. Thursday night’s performance was just over when the incident happened. This was the circus’ last performance in Georgia.
Jan 3, 2014 Spring Hill, FL: The agricultural unit of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in locating a lion believed to be loose from the Survival Outreach Sanctuary run by Judy Watson. The facility is located at 22005 Bowman Road in Spring Hill. USDA cited this facility for unsafe lion caging in Feb 2013 and gave Watson until March 2013 to make repairs but there is no evidence that USDA ever followed up. SOS cited by USDA for unsafe Lion Cage. A few days later a deer, that had apparently failed rehab, gored out the eye of a visitor and left her badly cut on her neck and arms.
Dec 22, 2013 San Diego, CA: A female Malayan tiger was killed Saturday while mating at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials say what happened at the zoo on Saturday when “Tiga” was killed was not an attack, but rather said it was a natural part of breeding. What is NOT natural is introducing captive cats to each other in such small spaces. These animals should be free to choose their own mates and not be held captive and used to breed more animals for captivity.
Dec 17, 2013 Shanghai: A 56 year old keeper named Zhou, at Shanghai’s zoo, was mauled to death by a rare South China tiger after entering the 9 year old male’s enclosure to clean it. The tiger was had no prior record of aggression against people. It said the attack occurred at the zoo’s breeding facility where safety procedures are in place. State media cited unidentified colleagues as saying the man entered the tiger enclosure to clean it and “did not come out again.” The highly endangered South China tiger is considered effectively extinct in the wild after decades of being hunted as a pest. Only a few are kept in zoos. Shanghai’s zoo is one of China’s largest and most popular urban animal parks.
Dec 9, 2013 Spain: Danny Gottani of the Gottani Circus was in the middle of a performance when the tiger leapt at him, wrapping its arms around the trainer and swiping at him. Other circus workers had to hit the animal with sticks to get it off 60 year old Gottani, who was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He had been working with tigers since he was 18. Gottani’s mother also taken after she had a panic attack watching the terrifying scene.
Dec 8 2012 Montgomery, AL: A tiger escaped into a neighboring cage at the Montgomery Zoo, according to WSFA. The Montgomery Zoo introduced its two new Bengal tigers, an orange male and a white female, in March, but something led to one driving the other out. The report says the zoo as well the street surrounding it were put on lock down after the animal entered another animal’s pen. The Montgomery Police Department responded and the Montgomery Zoo staff was able to get the tiger back into its exhibit.
Dec 2, 2013 Duluth, MN: At the Lake Superior Zoo a 4-year veteran zoo-keeper was feeding the Siberian tiger venison, when the food slipped from her hand and the tiger tried to catch it but instead caught the zookeepers finger. Jennifer Eickhoff was doing operant conditioning with Ussuri, a 400-pound male Amur tiger when a piece of meat got stuck in the fence and she apparently pushed it in with her finger. “It’s still attached, it’s just a little on the mangled side,” said Peter Pruett, director of zoo operations. “She was in complete shock.” She was taken to the hospital in Duluth. Pruett says the bite was completely unintentional. “When she comes back to work, I’ll sit down with her and we’ll discuss the incident and we’ll look through our protocols and we’ll make the necessary changes to make sure this type of accident doesn’t happen again,” said Pruett.
Nov 25, 2013 Australia: A 30 year old tiger handler, named Dave Styles, who has 9 years of experience at this zoo, was mauled by a tiger that he had raised from a cub, during a show at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He was bitten on the shoulder and neck. Several colleagues risked their own lives and rushed to his rescue, dragging the man to safety. The incident happened in front of a crowd of spectators. Paramedics tried to treat the man at the scene but massive bleeding led to him being flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. His condition is listed as serious but stable. In a radio interview with Carole Baskin, by Fairfax Radio Network, it was stated to her that this zoo participates in pay to play schemes whereby the zoo patrons pay to pose with cubs.
Nov 24, 2013 Seoul: A 52 year old zookeeper, named Shim, at Seoul Zoo died a couple weeks after being mauled by a 3 year old male Siberian tiger after the animal escaped from its indoor enclosure into a corridor used by zoo staff, Yonhap news agency reported. The incident prompted calls for improved safety checks and awareness at the zoo, the South Korean news agency said.
Nov 9 2013 Sherwood, OR: Renee Radziwon-Chapman, a 35 yr old woman was killed after she was bitten by a cougar at WildCat Haven. She was alone at the facility at the time. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said they are not releasing details about the worker killed but said the medical examiner was responding. News reports stated that fire crews have had a difficult time reaching the worker because there are several cats loose within the enclosure where Chapman was found dead. Renee was survived by her husband, Aaron Chapman, a former worker at the facility and their 5 month old daughter, Noa Elise. WildCat Haven is the lifetime home for more than 60 neglected, abandoned, and abused captive-born wildcats.
Oct 5 2013 Garold Wayne Interactive Zoo, Wynnewood, OK: Joe Schreibvogel, owner of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, OK according to ABC news, said the arm was still attached when the 27 year old, Kelci Saffery was airlifted to Pauls Valley Hospital helipad as the nearest air evac had to respond from Duncan, Oklahoma. From there she was air lifted to OU Medical Center where her arm was amputated from the elbow down. Joe Schreibvogel blamed Saffery on facebook, and it was posted on dozens of news sites, saying, “This was an employee error of violating the safety protocols of placing any part of the body inside a cage.” That seems like a hypocritical policy given that Schreibvogel frequently parades around in front of staff and guests walking an adult tiger on a leash and allowing staff and even guests to go in the cages and play with lions, ligers and tigers.
Sept 17, 2013 Ethiopia Musie Kiflom Zoo: A lion has mauled to death a keeper at a zoo in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, after he forgot to close the door to the inner cage where the animal sleeps. The lion, named Kenenisa bit Abera Silsay, 51, in the neck. The attack is said to have lasted for 15-20 minutes. This is the second time a zookeeper has been killed by a lion at the centre in the past 17 years.
Sept 7, 2013 Kuwait: A passerby lured a runaway lion roaming an upmarket suburb of Kuwait into his car and then called the police. Pictures in Kuwaiti media showed the animal glaring out of the back of a police car. The lion, which police said was a young adult, filled the backseat. Police are seeking the owner of the lion, believed to be someone who was illegally rearing it as a pet in a country where such animals are sometimes considered status symbols by rich individuals.
Sept 5, 2013 Starkville, MS: Huyanh Ralph Tran, 35, was arrested following an exotic animals investigation. Tran resides Park Avenue, where a search warrant was issued on August 28. Officers responded to neighbors complaining of loud animal noises coming from the residence. Once inside the residence, investigators discovered an illegal commercial exotic animal breeding farm with dozens of large constrictor snakes, African cats, rare frogs, parrots, macaws and other large birds.
Sept 4, 2013 Fairfield Beach, OH: The Ohio Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Erica Hawkins says the agency wants to know how the 400 lb., 2-year-old lioness ended up in a neighbor’s yard Sunday in Fairfield County. Hawkins said the animal was registered, though its enclosure might not meet the state’s temporary standards. The lion belongs to John Moore. He worked as a caretaker for the suicidal man who freed dozens of exotic animals near Zanesville two years ago.
Aug 30, 2013 Tiger Temple, Thailand: The Daily Mail reported that a 19 year old student had been assured by the monks at the Tiger Temple that it was perfectly safe to pet the tigers, but as she was petting one tiger another leaped across the arena and bit through her leg, leaving her unable to walk, even 8 weeks later when the story finally was discovered by the media. The young woman said the monks had been paying all of her bills, but they couldn’t buy her silence. She said it isn’t as safe as they tell you.
Aug 10, 2013 Patna Zoo, India: Mohammad Imran Khan, 22, barged into the Patna Zoo den of a lion named Vishal. He was saved from what looked like a certain death by zoo keeper Shatrughan Paswan who managed to divert attention of the animal and push it into a night shelter. Khan jumped into a moat in the enclosure, a fall of 12-13 feet, after scaling the wall. “It all happen in split of a second. The animal attacked him from behind, holding his neck and shoulder with its claws. He would have mauled the man to death had not keeper in charge showed presence of mind”, a witness said. The zoo director said it was a freak incident. “Patrolling parties make repeated rounds of the zoo ground on such crowded days. Still, crazy people have managed to do this kind of thing thrice earlier,” he said.
July 18, 2013 Belize, S.A.: A family trip to an animal “sanctuary” in Belize ended with the 10 year old autistic child being mauled by an Ocelot. His mother had subjected him, and his two siblings, to being leapt on by Jaguars in a close encounter offered by the pseudo sanctuary. It took 40 minutes for the family and zoo keepers to drive through the jungle to the hospital. The little boy was interviewed and said that all wild animals should be behind multiple barricades to avoid such incidents. No legitimate zoo or sanctuary allows public contact with exotic cats.
July 11, 2013 Reliant, TX: A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey tiger trainer was injured during a show at Reliant Stadium. Alexander Lacey was doing the double walk tiger trick. He was bleeding quite a bit, but Lacey continued with the show. Onsite paramedics examined Lacey following the end of his act. According to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, Lacey is going to perform in Friday night’s show.
July 3, 2013 Pretoria, South Africa:
Lauren Fagen, 18, says she was kissing the fur of a male lion named Duma when he suddenly reached through the bars of his cage, grabbed her legs in and began mauling her at the Moholoholo animal rehabilitation centre in Pretoria, South Africa. She was walking next to the cage for a five-year-old male lion when he stuck his paws between the bars and grappled her. “My leg was through the bars into his enclosure… and I was in the feeding cage. He started biting my leg and scratching it, and I tried to push back with my other leg but somehow… he had both my legs up to my upper thigh inside the enclosure. The bars are quite close together so I couldn’t pull them out because at my knee it got stuck, and i could see him biting me and I thought I was going to lose both my legs,” she said.
Fagen said she remembers the male lion being quite affectionate with her and in a very good mood. A few minutes later, she noticed the lion was at the door to the feeding cage, and that’s when he grabbed the bottom of her leg and tried to pull her through the bars. A female lion approached and also began mauling her legs as well. The teenager said that’s when she was certain she was going to die. Other volunteers at the centre heard Fagen’s screams and ran to her rescue, fending off the lions with brooms. She was rushed to a hospital and treated for multiple lacerations to her legs and abdomen.
July 2, 2013 Turin, Italy: A 72 yr old zookeeper, Mauro Lagiard was mauled and eaten by his own tigers when he went to feed them. He was dragged 100ft while his 73 yr old wife watched. According to the Daily Mail, Police said his dismembered body was later found by the tigers’ water trough. He went in to the cage to give the tigers chicken meatballs on Tuesday night. However, the alpha-male of the pack, named Samir, went in for the kill, quickly followed by two others of the pack. Five recently born cubs watched the attack. The tigers dragged the zookeeper through the dirt to a clearing and tore him to pieces.
According to reports, the tiger that attacked first was his favorite, even though the same animal had attacked him before two years ago and caused him to spend eight months in hospital. Neighbors said the animals were malnourished and aggressive. The tigers were fed just twice a week. In 2010 large bills and dwindling numbers of tourists forced the closure of the zoo. The tigers are currently in the care of vets while their fate is decided. Samir is likely to be put down.
June 21, 2013 Anderson, IN: A 21 year old female employee named Marissa Dub was attacked by tiger at Joe Taft’s Exotic Feline Rescue Center. For cleaning purposes, the tiger was moved into a holding area. Officials report that the door to the holding area did not get shut all the way, allowing the tiger to bite and latch onto her head. Co workers distracted the tiger with food and retrieved Dub who was airlifted in critical condition to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis.
June 20, 2013 Charlestown, IN: A woman got the shock of her life when she fired into the shadows, in an attempt to kill what she thought had been a bobcat, and discovered the cat she killed to be a 9 month old baby leopard. Tim Stark, a mile away, at Wildlife in Need, a backyard menagerie, said he had been setting traps to catch a leopard, but claimed it was because his neighbors asked him to do so.
June 19, 2013 Westtown, NY: A male, 30-35 pound serval was left outside the Dawn Animal Agency sanctuary entrance in a flimsy wire crate, and quickly escaped. He was on the loose for 3 days before being caught with a net while going for some food that was set out as a lure. The USDA is trying to track down the owner.
June 11, 2013 South Africa, Bloemfontein: Manie and Angelique Visser, from Brits, have been left seriously injured after apparently trying to play with a lion cub at the Ukutula Lion Park & Lodge. According to Manie they had fostered the lion, called Markus, since it was a cub of three weeks until it was eight months old when they returned it to the park last year. “We visited it every two or three months and we went again on Sunday. As Angelique was leaving, the lion rubbed against Angelique’s legs and then grabbed her leg,” Manie said.
He got hold of her calf and I tried to get his mouth open. He then turned on me and started biting. One of the park workers grabbed him by the tail and I was trying to push him away. The other worker hit him with a stick.” Manie said he had no idea how long the attack lasted. He sustained bite wounds to his legs, arms, hands, back and head. “The lion took a chunk out of my leg,” Angelique said.
The pair, who had recently bought the lion, were both admitted to hospital and had to have surgery. They had owned lions before and insisted they knew what they were doing.
June 04, 2013 Novosibirsk, Russia: A zookeeper at a zoo in western Siberia died Tuesday after a female jaguar mauled her, officials say. Police said the attack at the zoo in Novosibirsk occurred in an area of the enclosure the woman cleaning. A partition between the animal’s open-air enclosure and their indoor pen had been accidentally unlocked and the women entered an area occupied by a 5-year-old female jaguar and her 7-month-old cub, zoo director Rostislav Shilo said. The 48-year-old woman died instantly when the jaguar broke her back. The woman had worked at the zoo for two years.
May 25, 2013, Dalton-in-Furness, UK: A 24 yr old, female zoo worker, Sarah McClay, a long time staff member at South Lakes Wild Animal Park was mauled to death after apparently walking into the tiger cage. CEO, Mr Gill said Miss McClay had worked at the wildlife park for a number of years and was ‘very proficient’ in her work with big cats. He told BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday: ‘After investigation by the authorities here and the police, it does seem that she just basically failed to follow the correct procedures. ‘For some unknown reason, an inexplicable reason, because there is no reason for why she did it, she opened the door and went into the tiger enclosure and straight into the tigers, and now we’ll never know why.’
April 20, 2013, Salina, KS: A circus tiger escaped during an Isus Shrine Circus show at the Salina Bicentennial Center. Initial reports indicated that the circus was trying to downplay the escape, saying no one even noticed, but that’s not what Jenna Krehbiel said. Krehbiel had finished watching the large cat show when she decided to step out into the hall and came face to face with the escaped tiger.
March 28, 2013 Montreal Canada: A zoo employee was mauled by a tiger at the Zoo Sauvage in St-Félicien, in the Lac St. Jean area. The male custodian was attacked by the female tiger and was very badly injured but conscious when the officers arrived. He is currently being treated in hospital and the tiger has been placed in isolation.
March 6, 2013 Fresno, CA: A 24 year old intern named Dianna Hanson was mauled to death while inside a cage with a four year old male lion named Cous Cous. The lion had been raised at the zoo since he was 8 weeks old. Another worker tried to distract the lion, to no avail, and the sheriff shot the cat to death, but it was too late for Dianna Hanson. The facility is called Project Survival Cat Haven and is run by Dale Anderson. On his website he says, “In the seventh grade a gentleman brought a Mountain Lion to my class… After that experience I wanted to have a cat of some kind at some later date.” This is why it is so bad to use wild animals as ego props, especially in the presence of children who will grow up to fulfill their desire to “be that guy,” even if it means dooming wild animals to life in cages.
February 2, 2013 Etchojoa, Sonora: Police say that Alexander Crispin, 35, died after being attacked by his tiger inside the Suarez circus tent. Crispin, who was originally from the United States and worked as a tiger tamer, was bitten on the neck by the enraged animal in the middle of the show. Crispin was taken by ambulance to the Red Cross hospital Huatabampo, Sonora where he died while receiving medical care, as a result of hypovolemic shock. Hysterical spectators ran out of the scene during the attack. It is believed that the tiger was killed during the struggle when beating him did not cause him to release Crispin.
Nov 23, 2012 Czech Liberac Zoo: A white tiger escaped from its enclosure at a Czech zoo and mauled three employees.
Nov 11, 2012 Skopje, Macedonia: Several hundred spectators got an unexpected shock at a circus in Macedonia after a lion broke through a safety enclosure during a performance. Spectators fled in panic when the lion charged through metal fencing at the Hungarian circus Safari. Children were crying and some women even fainted.
Sept 21, 2012 Bronx Zoo, NY: A 25 year old man jumped out of the monorail into the tiger exhibit where he was badly mauled by one of the tigers before zoo employees rescued him using fire extinguishers, zoo officials said. The man severely injured his leg and foot in the attack and also has deep cuts to the back. Once the tiger backed away, the man was instructed to roll under a hot wire to safety, said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny.
August 26, 2012 Berlin, Germany: A 4 year old tiger named Altai escaped his cage at Cologne Zoo in western Germany and killed a 43 year old female keeper before being shot dead by the zoo’s director, police said. The tiger slipped through a passage between the enclosure and an adjacent storage building said police spokesman Stefan Kirchner, saying “It appears the gate wasn’t properly shut”
August 18, 2012 Cisarua, Bogor, West Java: A janitor at the Taman Safari Indonesia zoo identified as Junaedi, 32, was mauled to death by a tiger while busy trimming grass in the Sumatran tiger compound . Junaedi was not aware that the adult Sumatran tiger was stalking him. The tiger suddenly attacked Junaedi, who died instantly at the scene with wounds to his head, hands and legs.
July 30, 2012 Chile’s Santiago Metropolitan Zoo: A zookeeper, Jose Silva, who had more than 25 years experience with big cats, was mauled and seriously injured by a white tiger named Pampa, who was later killed. Pampa had arrived at the zoo seven years ago from Buenos Aires, and attacked the zookeeper both inside and outside the enclosure.
July 19, 2012 Nanping Jiufeng Mountain Zoo, China: A substitute zookeeper was mauled to death by a leopard when he opened the cage.
July 15, 2012 Tata Steel Zoo India: A man was mauled when entering the tiger cage at Tata Steel Zoo. Reports said that he was not stable and may have been there to steal the cubs or poison the cats.
July 12, 2012 Toronto, Canada: A declawed Mountain Lion who killed a dog may have been from nearby Guha’s Tiger and Lion Farm a backyard menagerie. Calls to Guha’s were not returned said The Star.
July 11, 2012 Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark: A 21 year old man was found dead in the tiger pit at the Copenhagen Zoo. It was unclear how or why the 21-year-old Afghan-born man had entered the Siberian tiger den, but investigators could not exclude suicide as a motive, police spokesman Lars Borg said. The man sustained multiple bite wounds to the throat, face, chest and a thigh.
May 29, 2012 Hernando County, FL: Charlie, a 275 lb mountain lion pushed the wall out of his cage, escaped and killed a neighbor’s dog. Video at Ch 10 News
May 23, 2012 Plano, TX: A bobcat has been filmed who is wearing a collar, and was obviously a pet, wandering around a Plano, TX neighborhood with her kittens. It is not known if she escaped, or if she was abandoned, nor is it known if she was pregnant at the time of release or if she has mated with native bobcats. What this does do is prove that bobcats should not be kept as pets and when they escape into the environment they can multiply. That wouldn’t be such a bad thing for bobcats in TX, except that most pet bobcats are the Northern varieties and thus the mixing of genes in the wild could threaten local varieties as the northern cats are usually much larger.
May 15, 2012 Hoedspruit, South Africa: In a pay to play scheme Madelein Querk, 28, visited the Tshukudu game lodge where she posed for pictures with the lion cubs. One cub bit her, leaving her with four deep cuts on her face, and lacerations on her left arm and leg, where the lion clawed her. Querk’s husband attempted to distract the lion by hitting it with his camera. The injured woman received 60 stitches at the Nelspruit Mediclinic.
May 4, 2012 Belleview, WA: Animal Control impounded a 13-year-old lynx that bit the girlfriend of a man who lived in the 1900 block of 160th Avenue Northeast area of Belleview. The Canada Lynx was impounded by the King County Animal Control. Big Cat Rescue contacted Animal Control asking that the lynx be released to their care rather than killed.
April 28, 2012 Port Elizabeth, South Africa: Two excited, supposedly tame cheetahs mauled a Scottish tourist in a petting area at the Kragga Kamma Game Park, forcing her to play dead to save her life. Violet D’Mello, who had just posed for a picture with the hand-reared cheetahs named Mark and Monty, tried to protect a seven-year-old boy. According to D’Mello, who was with her husband, Archibald, one of the animals first grabbed the leg of a visiting eight-year-old girl, leaving her with cuts and abrasions. When she was free, it appeared to run after her seven-year-old brother. D’Mellow was viciously knocked to the ground and attacked, proving that wild cats act on instinct and cannot be tamed.
March 2, 2012 Crocodylus Park, DarwinAustralia: A lioness mauled Peter Davidson, who runs hunting safaris in the Top End, called Arnhemland Hunting Safaris had been hired by Crocodylus Park to spray for weeds. It appeared he put his hand inside the animal’s cage. He said the nine-year-old lioness named Shebe grabbed Mr Davidson’s arm in her mouth. Prof Webb said Shebe had never harmed anybody and he was at a loss to explain why Mr Davidson put his hand in the enclosure. “We really need to talk to him. He was with the head keeper. She turned around and the next thing he yelled,” he said. He was sent to the Royal Darwin Hospital where he is in stable condition.
February 27, 2012 Loxahatchee, FL: After more than 5 years of non compliance with Florida’s wildlife possession laws, and a failed attempt as securing a federal permit, three big cats (2 tigers and a leopard) were confiscated from Steve Sipek. He was jailed during the confiscation to assure public safety and had been infamous for once playing a Spanish version of Tarzan and for the escape of a tiger named Bobo, who was shot to death while roaming the community of Loxahatchee.
February 15, 2012 Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa: A lioness attacked and mauled a 63-year-old zoo keeper to death at a farm owned by Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa. Joe Ramonetha, who had worked at the zoo for more than 40 years, died from a bite to the neck, zoo officials have said.
January 11, 2012 Bhubaneswar: Two days after a wild leopard strayed into Guwahati and mauled four persons, a lioness escaped from its enclosure in Nandankanan Zoo sending the animal park authorities into a tizzy. Multiple attempts to dart the lioness have failed.
January 4, 2012 Blagoveshchenski, Russia: A tiger at a roadside zoo attacked a three year old child who neurosurgery. Dmitry Serezhichev said the tiger was behind a barrier but that the parents put the child too close to the cage to take his picture.
December 27, 2011 China: In Hefei a female Siberian tiger escaped from a zoo and entered a public park so she was immediately put down by police on safety concerns. The nine-year-old tiger made her way out of the zoo after a zookeeper came to feed her but forgot to properly lock the cage. Zoo officials said the tiger had a bad temper, probably caused by mating anxiety. This was the latest incident in a string of cases involving tigers escaping from zoos in China over the past few years, according to local media reports. Most escaped tigers were put down by police if they were not caught. A Bengal tiger killed a zookeeper after escaping the cage in Shanghai last year.
November 28, 2011 Wynnewood, OK: In an expose on tiger cub abuse at malls, Inside Edition filmed an employee of G.W. Exotic Animal Park saying that just last month he was mauled by a six month old tiger and that “There was blood everywhere. It was a total, total mess!” The segment also showed children interacting with a sickly tiger cub who appeared to have ringworm, a highly contagious fungus.
November 9, 2011 Seattle, WA: A lion got out of its den at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, but it didn’t get far before it was tranquilized in a service building. The zoo says the 12-year-old female named Kalisa gained access to a hallway.
October 19, 2011 Zanesville, OH: 56 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, wolves, giraffes, camels and bears escaped from a the Muskingum County Animal Farm, and the owner Terry Thompson, who had just gotten out of prison was found dead there after shooting himself. Neighbor Danielle White, whose father’s property abuts the animal preserve, said she didn’t see loose animals this time but did in 2006, when a lion escaped. Thompson, who lived on the property, had orangutans and chimps in his home, but those were still in their cages. 18 tigers, 17 lions and 3 cougars were shot to death because the owner had cut all of the doors off the cages to prevent their containment. A cougar is still at large. In the last six years, local authorities visited Thompson’s farm nearly 30 times in response to complaints about escaped animals, animal cruelty, and more. Police knew the rare animals were at a huge risk, but there was nothing they could do because OH does not ban the private possession of wild animals.
October 16, 2011 Odessa, TX: A 4-year-old boy was mauled by a pet mountain lion owned by his aunt. His mother and aunt refused to speak to the press and wanted to hide the attack. The boy received lacerations and puncture wounds on his left side, including a bite mark on the left side of his face during the attack in West Odessa, Sgt. Gary Duesler with the Ector County Sheriff’s Office said. Amber Michelle Couch, 9450 W. 26th St., who owned the mountain lion, was given a citation for not keeping up with the vaccines and was warned in July that the cage was too small and gaps where the cat could reach out too large, but had done nothing to correct the situation.
September 17, 2011 Wynnewood, OK: Again at Joe Schreibvogel’s G.W. Exotic Animal Park rather incredibly just a week later, there was another incident of a child being bitten by one of the cubs. If you go to the link you will see a child walk around behind the guide to a tiger cub while the guide is not paying attention. When the child screams the guide whirls and from what ensues and the conversation is it clear that the cub knocked the boy down and bit him on the leg. It is two minutes because it includes where the manager of G.W. Animal Park goes on to tell a story about being bitten by a full grown tiger. To appease the screaming child the manager then brings out a two week old cub which is far below the legal age for such public use. A complaint was filed with USDA and a citation issued on Dec. 5.
September 10, 2011 Wynnewood, OK: At Joe Schreibvogel’s G.W. Exotic Animal Park a child is bitten by one of the cubs being used in a pay-to-play scheme where the public pays to pet a lion or tiger cub. You can see the video at TigerCubAbuse.com. You will hear a tour guide who is off camera say that a girl was bitten by one of the cubs who were over the legal age, ranging from 15 to 20 weeks. (The only legal age in which contact is currently allowed is 8-12 weeks) A complaint was filed with USDA. A search of this page will show there have been numerous injuries by cubs from this facility who are bred and used to generate income at both the compound and at malls and fairs across the country.
August 12, 2011 Halifax Township, Dauphin County, PA: A Harrisburg woman in her twenties is recovering after being bitten by a tiger at the Lake Tobias Wildlife Park where she is a tour guide. Officials say she climbed over the fence, walked in between the tiger cages and was bitten when she reached in to pet the tigers. The woman told first responders she has pet the animals hundreds of times before. She was airlifted to the hospital and will require rehab to regain use of her arm.
July 26, 2011 Tyrone Township, MI: The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office said a Serval, an African wild cat, has been found in Tyrone Township. The cat may be sent to a zoo if the owner does not come forward.
July 21, 2011 Hugo, OK: Kelly Miller Circus, a sister circus of Carson & Barnes, had three tigers escape from their enclosure and injure a horse according to the Colorado News.
July 18, 2011 Bela-Bela, Limpopo: Finlay Holden, 5, was mauled by a six-month-old Bengal tiger that got hold of him at the Zebula Golf Estate and Spa near Bela-Bela in Limpopo. His mother, Claire Holden, said she, her 3-year-old daughter Hannah and Finlay went to look at the two tigers so they could pose with them for pictures. As Finlay stroked the back of one of the tigers it suddenly turned around and grabbed the boy’s head between its paws. “The animal’s mouth was wide open over his head,” said Holden. While Finlay yelled hysterically, “Mom, make it stop! Make it stop!”, she tried to pull the growling tiger off her son with her bare hands. nother tourist ran to the scene and began choking the tiger to make him let go of the terrified child. Holden said: “My child and I were covered in blood. My little daughter saw everything.”
July 18, 2011 Ajman, United Arab Emirates: Salem Al Sayed, the 2 year old girl’s father, said “Sarah accompanied my brother’s children and the maid to a neighbor’s house to play with the children there. Sarah went innocently towards the lion, which was in a cage which was not properly closed. The lion pounced on the girl and was about to bite her when the maid intervened and saved baby. Effects of the lion’s canines can be cured with time, but the psychological effects of the attack is difficult to heal, as my daughter still suffers from intense fear and starts screaming and crying at any loud sound.” He added “I call upon the concerned authorities to impose controls on breeding wild animals in the homes, this time my baby narrowly escaped death, but what will be the fate of others who may be exposed to similar incidents.”
July 17, 2011 Manchester, IA: The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says 52-year-old Tom Sellner suffered lacerations to his head and torso in the brutal tiger attack at Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester. The Des Moines Register wrote that Sellner and his wife ?are routinely bitten or clawed and that in this incident, the tiger had ripped the meat from the bone of his upper arm, had practically scalped him with front teeth the size of knife blades. His left ear dangled from his head. Sellner, who was found to be in violation of Iowa’s Dangerous Wild Animal law, was flown to an Iowa City hospital for treatment. The zoo’s website says it has more than 300 birds and animals, including tigers, African lions and other exotic cats.
July 10, 2011 Eynsford, England: The zoo has been in trouble with local authorities about their perimeter fence being inadequate. A bystander said, “The staff were jokingly describing that they were filming the cheetahs to prove to the local authority that they were friendly,” when one of the cheetahs attacked the two men who had gone in to film. Mr Cooper added: “The cheetah had taken quite a few bites and scratches from both the cameraman and the trainer, ripping the shorts off one in one close swipe of the paw. The two men managed to sit on the cheetahs head while another member of staff ran for a fire extinguisher. He was very lucky to escape with his life.”
July 8, 2011 Smolensk, Russia: Russian police said they would not be charging the owners of a circus where a leopardmauled a small girl, as the law failed to provide adequately for such an event. The incident took place in Smolensk, a city some 400 km to the southwest of Moscow. The leopard bit the girl’s thigh and scratched her shin before being restrained by circus staff. “Russian law does not provide any clear description of how to act with regard to wild animals, including in a circus, and does not state any punishment for the owner of an animal that attacks a person,” said Alexander Borovikov, a senior aide to the prosecutor for the Smolensk Region.
May 6, 2011 Wichita, KS: A first-grade student on a class field trip to a Wichita zoo was mauled by a leopard after climbing a railing and approaching the animal. Sedgwick County Zoo spokesman Jim Marlett says the boy climbed over the 4- to 5-foot railing and approached the Amur leopard. The leopard grabbed him around the head with both paws and tried to bite him. A woman on the zoo’s tram saw what was happening and spooked the leopard. The child suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to his head and neck. He was listed in fair condition. The boy’s age hasn’t been released. There were several school groups at the zoo including his group from Linwood Elementary.
January 31, 2011 Longview, WA: An illegally kept serval was found running loose near Pacific Way and Sunset Way after escaping roughly a week earlier from his owner’s home on Nevada Dr. Throughout the week, Rajah, an African serval, had been showing up on people’s backyard decks in the Columbia Heights area, startling neighbors who suspected he might be a cheetah, Humane Society Director Rick Johnson said. An animal control officer and local veterinarian caught it after setting a trap baited with cat food. Johnson said Rajah’s owner does not have permits to own the cat, and Humane Society officials are researching what permits the owners need to legally keep it.
These items are listed in order of importance with the most wanted items at the top. Prices vary according to vendor. Some items are in the process of being researched. Items that are ready to be requested are marked as so.
Our Cat Hospital Wishlist
Microchip Reader $300
All of the cats at Big Cat Rescue are microchipped when they are sedated. Sometimes a cat may already have a microchip. This reader would enable the vets to check for an existing microchip and save the cost of installing a new one.
Large and X-Large $210, X-ray markers R and L $13, and X-ray in Use Sign $13 from Z&Z Medical Inc.
X-ray immobilizers are foam troughs with arm and leg straps that allow for the animal to be laid on its back while sedated for x-rays. The large will accommodate any cat lynx sized and smaller and the x-large will accommodate leopards and cougars. The right and left lead markers are for determining the correct sides when looking at an x-ray. The x-ray in use sign will be installed on the x-ray room door.
DRE Titan XL Large Animal Anesthesia Machine $18,250
The DRE Titan XL Large Animal Anesthesia Machine is a complete anesthesia support system. The Titan XL is designed for use with Equine, Bovine, Zoology, and other large animal anesthesia techniques. The system can be used for spontaneous breathing or the user may utilize the popular Drager AVE ventilator which is an electronically controlled, time cycled driven anesthesia ventilator capable of delivering from one-half to 15 liters of tidal volume at 1 to 99 breaths per minute and I:E ratios from 1 to 2 to 1 to 8.
K-Laser generously loaned us a Cube 3 12 Watt K-Laser but we would really like to have the best K-Laser available which costs $25,900.00. http://www.k-laserusa.com/your-k-laser/animal-veterinary/
Progress report on the cats using the K-Laser in the order that they started treatment:
Little Feather Bobcat had lameness from a blood clot. She is feeling good enough that she hops all over the place and runs around like crazy, but she still knuckles under on that foot. The worn spot on top of her toe changes depending on how active she is, so it is actually worse when she runs a lot. Began 11/15/14 and as of 12/24/14 is still being treated 3 days a week, M,W and F.
Jumanji Leopard started next with his abscessed toe. The toe did not respond to several weeks of treatment, so we thought maybe it was a pinched nerve further up the leg or spine and have started treating him in those areas. Began 11/15/14 and as of 12/24/14 is still being treated 3 days a week, M,W and F.
Simba Leopard has very bad arthritis and his front wrist is being treated. His progress is hard to determine because he is so old and moves so slowly, but one thing is for sure; when he sees us coming with the K-Laser he comes running. He loves the attention and treats! Began 12/2/14 and as of 12/24/14 is still being treated 3 days a week, M,W and F.
Jade Leopard licks hot spots on herself. Her wrist was worst, so we started there and it began healing. She then licked open some big spots on her shoulder, so we moved treatment to the shoulder area, but are still giving a little attention to the wrist. Both are healing nicely. Began 11/22/14 and as of 12/24/14 is still being treated 3 days a week, M,W and F.
Raindance Bobcat is the most recent cat to be added to the list. She is one of the original two bobcats who started the sanctuary in 1993 after being rescued from a fur farm. She too has horrible arthritis, so we have begun with her front, right wrist. She has had 3 sessions now. Today was the most recent. She is another one that it is hard to really tell if there is improvement, or if she just loves all the backscratcher action she gets for coming to the side of the cage for treatment. She nearly leaped off her platform to come get her K-Laser Therapy today. Began 12/19/14 and as of 12/24/14 is still being treated 3 days a week, M,W and F.
Stainless Steel Hydraulic Surgery Table $13,975 Funded by Vanessa Fernandez Thomas and Family
The Shank’s® Rectangular Surgery Table is fabricated completely out of stainless steel. The top is equipped with a raised edge and one drain hole to control fluid drainage. The table has hydraulic scissor-action lift design so that cats can be easily shifted from the transport cage to the table and then raised up for procedures. The table is completely mobile via casters and can easily be placed in a stationary position during necropsy procedures.
Info at: http://www.shanksvet.com/pics/db/document_library/48_Techsheet_RectangularNecropsyTable.pdf
Nomad Pro 2 Handheld X-Ray Generator and VetPro VDX #2 Sensor with 5 year warranty $14,960 Fields-Gordon-Galley Foundation
Mobile dental x-ray unit rotates 360 degrees on a 26” base. 3.5″ heavy duty wheels and two brake locks make movement easy and assures stability. UL tested and approved.
IM3 Elite Dental Surgical System $5,995 Funded by Fields-Gordon-Galley Foundation
This is a complete unit for performing dental surgery and includes; high speed fiber optic hand piece with push button, low speed polisher, suction, flush sytem, bur tips for cutting bone, ultrasonic scaler, compressor and metal instrument tray.
Vet Auto Reader Hematology & Vet Test Chemistry Analyzer (refurbished) $5990 Funded by MacLean Family Illinois/Florida
These two blood analysis machines will provide our veterinarians with the information they need for onsite procedures. The IDEXX VetAutoread Hematology Analyzer offers thorough screening, pre-surgical testing and general health checkups in-house. 3-part differential. Accurate results using Idexx dry slide technology. Screens agains 26 parameters (including ALB, ALKP, ALT, AMYL, BUN, Ca, CHOL, CREA, GLOB, GLU, PHOS, TBIL, TP), 7 pre-packaged panels, age specific ranges.
Vet Stat Electrolyte and Blood Gas Analyzer $4995 Funded by Greg and Sue Taylor
The only in-house blood gas analyzer modified specifically for veterinarians. Fast, results for electrolytes, acid-base status, blood gases, ionized calcium and glucose while animal is under sedation. Runs whole blood, plasma and serum on single-use cassettes. Designed for simple and rapid operation by any staff member.
Phillips Burton AIM LED Dual Ceiling Mounted Surgery Light $4,980 Funded by MacLean Family Illinois/Florida
AIM LED light for minor procedures and surgery has an output raiting of 45,000 lux (4181 fc), 4,300 degrees Kelvin color temperature, 3 LED modules with a 20,000-hour life, adjustable focus using center handle, 5-year limited warranty
Wet Table $3,830 Funded by MacLean Family Illinois/Florida
Procedure table specifically designed for dentals with storage cabinets and 3 drawers. All stainless steel with removal grill above sink.
MidMark M9 UltraClave $2,990 Funded by an Anonymous Donor
Used to sterilize surgical instruments. Features include: Easy operation, cycle time start to finish with unwrapped instruments 19 minutes cold or 14 minutes hot, once finished door automatically opens to dissipate steam and dry instruments.
AWCF Weight Reliever Lead Apron and Accessories $2600 Funded by Olga Kruse and Karin as well as Raj and Kirin Bahl
Smart Armor Lead (2) layers in front panel providing .50mm Pb. Set includes 4 lead aprons, 4 thyroid shields, 1 pair of mittens, and 1 pair of gloves.
Surgical Instruments $1,633 Funded by Vanessa Fernandez Thomas and Family
A variety of surgical instruments to perform special surgeries on-site.
Over Instrument Table $1,367 Funded by Vanessa Fernandez Thomas and Family
This table will keep surgical instruments, supplies, even monitoring equipment conveniently close at hand during procedures. Manufactured entirely of durable Type 304 stainless steel, the Over Instrument Table features a mobile telescoping base for versatility. The underside of the table top is 39” from the floor. The table at its highest point is 62”. The conveniently-designed crank operates from either side of the table to raise the top height from 39” to 62”. The table top surface measures a full 40” long x 23” wide to hold an assortment of supplies, and the raised back rail keeps equipment from sliding off accidentally. Rolls smoothly on 3” diameter non-marking casters to allow you to move the table into position easily. Two casters have brakes for safety.
Dental X-Ray Computer System $1300 Funded by Fields-Gordon-Galley Foundation
Portable laptop to read dental x-rays as well as Bluetooth mouse and printer.
Accu-Scope 3000-LED Microscope $840 Funded by MacLean Family Illinois/Florida
Used to examine fecal and needle aspirate samples. Features include: Plan Inifinity objectives 4x,10x,40xR,100xR oil, 20mm wide view ocular eyepieces, adjustable mechanical stage for ease of use and control, 3watt LED with variable intensity control
Bair Hugger Model 505 $700 Funded by MacLean Family Illinois/Florida
Bair Hugger veterinary warming units distribute warm air through air inflated blankets that are placed over patients to help maintain body temperature during procedures and when waking up from anesthesia. Maintaining the animal’s body temperature is critical to the survival of the animal as they are unable to properly regulate their body temperature when sedated.
Tuttnauer Ultrasonic Cleaner $530 Funded by Geraldine Pannicia
Used to clean surgical instruments prior to sterilization in autoclave. Ultrasonic sound waves move through a cleaning solution, creating an effect called cavitation, which is the rapid formation and collapse of microscopic bubbles. This collapse, along with the cleaning chemistry, scrubs every wetted surface and removes most contaminates, even from blind holes and internal surfaces.
Stainless Steel Scale $380 Funded by an Anonymous Donor
Stainless Steel Scale with 1,000 lb capacity and digital reader display.
LW Scientific USA E8D Digital Centrifuge $380 Funded by MacLean Family Illinois/Florida
Used to prepare blood samples for analyzers. 3,500 rpm digital speed and time (blood, urines, etc.). Touch pad, programmable. Speed: 500-3,500rpm. Time: 1-99mins. Stores last four programmed speeds & times Service Indicator Light. Angled rotor, 8-tube capacity. Holds 3ml to 15ml size tubes. 12 volt DC maintenance-free motor. Clear view port in lid for using tachometer. Suction-cupped feet prevent slipping.
Warming Blanket Set $300 Funded by Susan Reed
Small, medium and large warming blankets that are used with the Bair Hugger Warmer. Each washable blanket hooks up to the Bair Hugger allowing warm air to fill the blanket and keep the patient warm under anesthesia.
Dental Burs $292 Funded by Fields-Gordon-Galley Foundation
Canine bur kit, Feline bur kit and assorted surgical length burs for the dental machine.
Dental Instrument Set $250 Funded by Fields-Gordon-Galley Foundation
14-piece set is a general purpose dental set allowing you to examine, scale and extract teeth. Set consists of; Winged elevator 1-5mm, straight root tip pick, tartar removing forceps, extraction forceps, minnesota retractor, subgingival scaler, sickle scaler, explorer, measuring probe, and double-ended periosteal elevator
Seville Classics Ultra Durable Rolling Storage Cabinet with drawers $250 Funded by Janice Elliot
Used to store sterile surgical instruments and supplies.
WelchAllyn 3.5 Volt Coazial Opthalmoscope $200 – 320
Used to examine eye health. Features include: Halogen HPX™ lamp provides light for true tissue color and long-lasting performance, Coaxial optics produce a shadow-free spot, easier entry into undilated pupils, and a larger field of view versus standard ophthalmoscopes, Detect corneal abrasions with cobalt blue filter, Polarizing filter virtually eliminates corneal reflection, Sealed optics keep out dust and dirt, 18 unique aperture/filter combinations for greater versatility, Red-free filter may be used with any aperture, 28 focusing lenses with a range of -25 to +40 diopters
Breath Safe Apnea Monitor $200 Funded by Don & Lynn Bush
This small microprocessor monitor hooks up to the anesthesia mask and beeps with every breath. The monitor makes it easy for the vets and assistants to hear the breaths of an animal while sedated. Easy to use: just connect between endotracheal tube and anesthesia circuit.
Mobile Instrument Stand $185 Funded by MacLean Family Illinois/Florida
Stainless steel mobile surgical instrument stand measures 12”w x 19” x ¾”d., Chrome plated stand adjusts from 27½” to 48” high. Base consists of 22″ diameter epoxy coated steel. Four heavy duty rubber casters allow for easy maneuverability.
Boss Adjustable Stool with Backrest $105 Funded by Fields-Gordon-Galley Foundation
Adjustable stool with back and foot rest for use during surgical and dental procedures.
3M Littmann Master Classic II Veterinary 32″ Stethoscope $100 Funded by Hillary Segl, DVM
Stainless steel wall cabinet used to store medications.
Stainless Steel Dental X-ray Cart $100 Funded by Greg & Sue Taylor
Used to clean surgical instruments prior to sterilization in autoclave. Ultrasonic sound waves move through a cleaning solution, creating an effect called cavitation, which is the rapid formation and collapse of microscopic bubbles. This collapse, along with the cleaning chemistry, scrubs every wetted surface and removes most contaminates, even from blind holes and internal surfaces.
Teisha the Tiger, so sweet and so strong,
She lived a life that was hard and was long.
All of the tigers locked in beat her up,
Lying on concrete, she couldn’t stand up.
Dinner was fatty leftovers of meat,
And that was all that they gave her to eat.
Then one day, Teisha and all of the rest
Were rescued by angels, and only the best.
Teisha had never been treated so nice,
Now she was living in near paradise.
Without her strong will she’d never have lived
To see goodness and feel what it’s like to be loved.
The rescuer angels loved Teisha and nursed
Her back to her feet, though she wobbled at first,
She learned how to run to the Keepers and chuff,
And splash in her pool, she could not get enough.
Teisha the tiger enjoyed her new life
And never looked back on her previous strife.
One day, she couldn’t stand up on her feet.
Dragging was all she could do for a treat.
Everyone wondered if there was no hope,
But Teisha the strong-willed, to that thought said ‘nope’.
She knew that the humans would do all they could.
If she had to be put down she knew that they would.
Although they feared giving up on her was near
Teisha would give up on nothing but fear.
She stood up again, but her body just broke.
Everyone knew that it wasn’t a joke.
Though six months of freedom had been so much fun,
Her lifetime of torture could not be undone.
Teisha the tiger accepted her fate.
No one could save her now, it was too late.
Teisha the fighter, the fearless, the brave,
Now lay forever with tears round her grave.
The memory of Teisha will not soon grow old
And we will make sure that her story is told.
I have been hunted for my mane, both young and old.
Can you hear my roar, I have a name, I am the King of my domain.
A forgotten breed, longing to be freed.
I roam the land, where my ancestors took final stands.
Paw prints of pride; I will take my last stride.
I FIGHT for my kingdom, I FIGHT for our freedom.
I continue to FIGHT, for what I believe in….
Gina Schopmeyer 2015
Eyes that dazzle and see into my soul to light a fire that does not burn,
Individual in yourself yet part of the world,
You’ve taught me to see my own stripes and the pattern I will leave for others to envy.
I will walk the labyrinth you’ve left for me guided by your stripes which complement those I have earned.
So strong you roar for me
I show my gratitude by speaking for you so
We both can purr on the inside.
by Elisha Cheeseman
Especially for the Ocelot
Lets hope the Feline walk the earth with majesty and grace
I like other furriers did put them in their place
We hunted and abused them
Great shame I feel today
For woman to adorn herself to keep the cold at bay
Lets hope this awful trade we knew
Will never come again
The mind to kill and skin a beast
For pure financial gain
Lets hope we?ve learned our lesson
To keep the human body warmAnd seek some other ways
On bitter winter days
But if bitterness the answer
No more can one man say
May the Lord have mercy on my soul
For the way I earned my pay
Former Fur Trader- Ronnie
Hamlet’s Cat’s Soliloquy
To go outside, and there perchance to stay
Or to remain within, that is the question:
Whether ’tis better for a cat to suffer
The cuffs and buffets of inclement weather
That Nature rains on those who roam abroad,
Or take a nap upon a scrap of carpet,
And so by dozing melt the solid hours
That clog the clock’s bright gears with sullen time
And stall the dinner bell. To sit, to stare
Outdoors, and by a stare to seem to state
A wish to venture forth without delay,
Then when the portal’s opened up, to stand
As if transfixed by doubt. To prowl; to sleep;
To choose not knowing when we may once more
Our readmittance gain: aye, there’s the hairball;
For if a paw were shaped to turn a knob,
Or work a lock or slip a window-catch,
And going out and coming in were made
As simple as the breaking of a bowl,
What cat would bear the household’s petty plagues,
The cook’s well-practiced kicks, the butler’s broom,
The infant’s careless pokes, the tickled ears,
The trampled tail, and all the daily shocks
That fur is heir to, when, of his own free will,
He might his exodus or entrance make
With a mere mitten? Who would spaniels fear,
Or strays trespassing from a neighbor’s yard,
But that the dread of our unheeded cries
And scratches at a barricaded door
No claw can open up, dispels our nerve
And makes us rather bear our humans’ faults
Than run away to unguessed miseries?
Thus caution doth make house cats of us all;
And thus the bristling hair of resolution
Is softened up with the pale brush of thought,
And since our choices hinge on weighty things,
We pause upon the threshold of decision.
I am the one looking at you through metal fencing
You are the one, on the other side, that I am sensing.
I have seen your kind many times before,
Sometimes I see a few of you, sometimes more.
My eyes follow you whether it is near or far away,
My senses aware of you, whether it be night or day.
My eyes can see you from between the trees and the brush,
As you stalk me and I hear you telling others to hush.
You hush but I can still hear and feel you near,
And I look and I can smell and feel: you are here.
My curiosity usually does get the best of me,
When I get up to approach you, from underneath my tree.
At times I will deceive you with my natural charm,
My greeting to you will be friendly and warm.
Some of you fear me, as you surely should,
Thinking I might harm you if only I could?
At times I will want to be where you are,
At times I will want to walk away: To be far.
My eyes are clear and yet they seem to deceive me,
And I know that your world is different than the one that I see.
For one brief moment I will be close to you and we touch,
We will never know whether it means a little, or just how much.
I will linger around you and my departure I’ll postpone,
But then you leave again, and I am still all alone.
I will look back as I’m walking away,
My instincts are urging me to roam and go astray.
I look back at you, the one that is roaming free.
I look ahead of me and walk away, and wish that it was me.
By Volunteer, Brigitte Ivory
Great cat quotes:
“There is no snooze button on a cat who
wants breakfast.” –Unknown
“Thousands of years ago, cats were
worshipped as gods. Cats have
never forgotten this.” –Anonymous
“Cats are smarter than dogs. You
can’t get eight cats to pull a sled
through snow.” –Jeff Valdez
“As every cat owner knows,
nobody owns a cat.” –Ellen Perry
“Dogs come when they’re called;
cats take a message and get back to
you later.” –Mary Bly
“Cats are rather delicate creatures
and they are subject to a good
many ailments, but I never heard of one
who suffered from insomnia.”
–Joseph Wood Krutch
“People who hate cats, will come
back as mice in their next life.”
“There are many intelligent species
in the universe. They are all
owned by cats.” –Anonymous
“I have studied many philosophers and
many cats. The wisdom of cats
is infinitely superior.” –Hippolyte Taine
“Dogs believe they are human.
Cats believe they are God.”
Many will be shocked to find,
When the day of judgment nears,
That there is a special place in Heaven
Set aside for volunteers.
Furnished with big recliners,
Satin couches and footstools,
Where there are no committee chairmen,
No yard sales or rest area coffee to serve,
No library duty or bulletin assembly,
There will be nothing to print and staple,
Not one thing to fold and mail,
Telephone lists will be outlawed.
But a finger snap will bring
Cool drinks and gourmet dinners
And rare treats fit for a king
You ask “Who will serve these privileged few
And work for all they’re worth?”
Why, all those who reaped the benefits,
And not once volunteered on Earth.
Author Unknown. Submitted by Doug Edwards and Kelly Dorn
This is a poem done in the Hebrew format of taking the alphabet from A-Z and writing eight lines per letter. This poem is about God?s nature and power using statements from Psalms 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, 23, 34, 39, 46, 47, 50, 62, 63, 81, 90, 97, 104, 115, 135, 139 and others:
Afterwards, we will live with God forever in his home.
All have heard of God?s justice.
All wisdom comes from God?s law.
Angels are God?s messengers.
Angels are God?s servants of fire.
Answers come from God when we ask him.
Assigned by God, the moon marks the months.
Assigned by God, the sun marks the days.
Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.
Beyond words, God is awesome.
Birds nest beside streams by God?s design.
Blessings overflow from God.
Boast of all of God?s kindness to us.
Boundaries of the seas were set by God.
Bread is given by God to man for strength.
Bridegroom going to his wedding describes the radiance of the sun God made.
Calamity will overtake the wicked as God deems.
Close is God to those whose hearts are breaking.
Closely we follow God; protected by his strong right arm.
Clouds are the chariots of God.
Commander of the armies of heaven is here among us.
Constantly speak of God?s glory and grace.
Counsel comes to us from God.
Craftsmanship of God is marvelously displayed in the heavens.
Dawn and sunset shout for the joy of God.
Day and night the heavens tell of the glory of God.
Death will not frighten me with God near.
Delicious food is provided by God in presence of our enemies.
Desirableare God?s laws.
Devastating fire surrounds God.
Down from heaven, God?s mercies shower us.
Dust is all that is left when God gathers up breath.
Each and every trouble of a good man receives help from God.
Earth is clothed by God with floods of water.
Earth is full of God?s riches.
Earth trembles at God?s glance.
Eternal are God?s laws.
Everyone depends upon God to give them daily food.
Every nation sees God?s glory.
Exalt God?s name and praise him.
Failing health is restored by God.
Faults are hidden by God?s cleansing.
Fear will vanish when walking in the valley of death because God is close by.
Fire goes before God and burns up his foes.
Firmament shows God?s handiwork.
For the eyes of God watch all that live good lives.
Forest folk come out at night in darkness created by God.
Freedom from our fears comes from God.
God deals bountifully with me.
God gives me my share of pleasant meadows.
God guards all that is mine.
God is always with me.
God is my highest joy.
God loves righteousness.
God protects the lives of his people.
God tells me what to do.
Hallelujah, praise Jehovah.
Hand of God is open wide to feed all creatures.
Heart, body and soul are filled with the joy of God.
Heavens declare God?s glory.
Heavens declare God?s perfect righteousness.
His countenance beholds the upright.
How God must rejoice in all his work.
How great God is.
I have no other help but God?s.
I have trusted in God?s mercy.
I put my trust in God.
I will praise God to my last breath.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
In the seas, the whale that God made plays.
In times of trouble, God is our tested help.
In wisdom, God made all.
Jehovah is King.
Joy of life is abundant when God is near.
Joyous as an athlete looking forward to a race describes the sun God created.
Joy?s source is God.
Judgment from God will be with complete fairness.
Judgments of God are true and righteous altogether.
Just are God?s aws.
Justice is the foundation of God?s throne.
Keenly thinking about us is our God.
Keep your lips from lying and God will bless you.
Keeping us from accidents shows God?s protection.
Key to only hope of mankind is God.
Kindness and love from God should stay in our thoughts.
King of all the earth is our God.
Knitting of all our delicate parts in the womb was done by God.
Known throughout the earth is the name of God.
Law of the Lord is perfect.
Let all discouraged take heart in God?s kindness.
Let all that refuse to praise God, perish.
Light to make us wise comes from God?s laws.
Lightning from God flashes across the world.
Long, good life comes from obeying God.
Lord is great.
Lord planted the cedars of Lebanon.
Man cultivates trees, vegetables and grain per God?s command.
May God be pleased by all these thoughts of him.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips.
Mighty oceans, teeming with great and small, were made by God.
Mountains are pastures created by God for wild goats.
Mountains burst into flame at God?s touch.
Mountains melt like wax before God.
My heart shall rejoice in God?s salvation.
Name of the Lord is great.
Nations are glad that God reigns.
Nations in the world will honor God, Commander of heaven.
Nations rant and rave in anger but when God speaks, the earth melts in submission.
Natural lightning sent by God brings down the rain.
Never lack any good thing when you reverence God.
New life is born when God sends his spirit.
Noise of thunder comes with God.
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Oh, put God to the test and see how kind he is.
Olive oil is given by God as lotion for man?s skin.
Only God was there from the beginning.
Our only hope is in the Lord.
Our refuge and strength is in God.
Overpowered by sins, we can only be saved by God.
Overwhelmed by God?s wrath, we must obey.
Pardon will come from God for all that take refuge in him
Penalties are mete out by God on those who hate the good.
Perfect are God?s laws.
Praise the Lord nomater what happens.
Praised evrywhere is the salvation from God.
Protection is given by God?s laws.
Punishment comes frm God.
Pure are God?s laws.
Quadrupeds and all other animals belong to God.
Quadruple blessings for those God loves.
Quaking, everyone will stand in awe and confess the greatness of God?s miracles.
Quarrelsome people God hates.
Quickly God will help and not delay those who do good.
Quiet streams are blessings from God.
Quietly the raging oceans cease when God speaks.
Quivering evil men know God sees their every move and thought.
Rain is sent by God and fills the earth with fruit.
Rescue comes from God to those who are humbly sorry for their sins.
Rescued from wicked are God?s people.
Rest in the meadow grass is blessing from God.
Righteousness is the foundation of God?s throne.
Robed with honor, majesty and light is God.
Rock-badgers burrow in rocks provided by God and find protection there.
Rotting in the grave does not frighten me.
Safety is given by God.
Save me, O God.
Seas were formed when God hollowed out the earth.
Silent in the skies, the heavens? message about God reaches out to the entire world.
Streams by God?s design give water for all animals to drink.
Streams by God?s hands gush from the mountains.
Stretched out starry curtain was made by God.
Sun lives in the heavens where God placed it.
Tender grass at God?s command grows to feed cattle.
The Lord is in his holy temple.
The Lord loves those who hate evil.
The Lord tests the righteous.
The Lord?s throne is in heaven.
They are satisfied with God?s bountiful provisions.
Tongues that speak proud things will be cut off by the Lord.
Turning away from God, one loses all.
Ultimate attention comes from God when his children cry to him.
Ultimately, God will vindicate his people.
Unfailing kindness from God will be with me all of my life.
United with God, we can rejoice beneath the protecting shadow of his wing.
Unmoved, God?s stands despite turmoil everywhere.
Until we die, God is our guide.
Upon the earth, God causes wars to end.
Upon the wicked, God will rain coals.
Valleys have springs in them formed by God.
Valleys sank to levels God decreed.
Variety of animals and plants has been made by God.
Vast ocean beds were formed by God?s word.
Very warmly we are welcomed by God as his guests.
Vibrantly honor God for his help.
Violence is escaped when we obey God?s laws.
Violence is hated by God.
We happily crown God as our king.
What a wonderful inheritance God has for me.
When we look into the night skies, we see the work of God?s fingers.
Wickedness is hated by God.
Wings of the wind provide God with a ride.
Wisdom is given to me from God.
Words of God are pure.
World is bound by God so it doesn?t fall apart.
X-cept for God?s healing, we would be sick.
X-cept for God?s mercy, we would be lost.
X-cept for God?s mist rising through the earth, we would be parched.
X-cept for God?s pity, we would be weak.
X-cept for God?s strength, we would be weak.
Xenophobia (fear of foreigners) is nonexistent because God saves good men.
Xerophyte (plant) and all other plants and trees were made by God.
Xerxes and all other rulers are nothing compared to God sitting on his holy throne.
Yearning for aid, we know God is our helper and shield.
Years are like days to the Lord.
Years are long and heavy beneath God?s wrath.
Yellow honey dripping from a honeycomb is not as sweet as God?s laws.
Yes, darkness and light are both alike to God.
Yet when God speaks, man turns back to dust.
Yielding succeeds for those who obey God?s laws.
Young lions are dependent upon God for their food.
Zeal for God will be rewarded.
Zealous labor for God will ensure he will feed us with the choicest of food.
Zenith is God?s loving-kindness and rewards to those working for him.
Zephyr (west wind) God sends from his treasures.
Zero sins escape the eye of God.
Zest for righteous living will bring God?s compassion on his servants.
Zion is God?s home.
Zion was established forever by God.
By: Barbara Stairs
Below is a poem from Matt Clark using the Hebrew styling of taking in order the letters of the alphabet to start out each line. The letter “x” does require some creativity.
Almighty Thy strength, O Lord
Blessed are Thy ways,
Calm serenity in Thy Word
Delivers us through our days.
Excellent Thy power, O God,
Fullness of grace, you fill our needs,
Guided by thy loving rod,
Holy pathways, Thy Son?s light leads.
I am bound for Thy promised land,
Jesus, joy of a loving heart.
Kindly protect with Thy loving hand,
Lord, in Thy mercy, all love impart.
Marvelous grace, infinite mercy,
Nearer, still nearer, my God to Thee,
O Master, let me walk with Thee,
Purer in heart, help me to be.
Quiet strength, we glean from Thy word,
Remembering who we are each day,
Seeking first Thy kingdom, O Lord,
Then showing others Thy precious Way.
Under Thy wings, keep us, Father,
Virtuous, gracious for all Thou hast given,
Walking in the Spirit of His sacrifice,
Xalted thou art, there is no other,
You are the meaning, our reason for living,
If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember…
The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder.
Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter – simply because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room – and when you feel it brush against you for the first time – it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.
The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep where you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend’s diet – and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.
And on this day, if your friend and God have not decided for you, you will be faced with making a decision of your own – on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you, you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night.
If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you.
But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul – a bit smaller in size than your own – seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg – very very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lay – you will remember those three significant days.
The memory will most likely be painful, and leave an ache in your heart. As time passes the ache will come and go as it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.
But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when – along with the memory of your pet, and piercing through the heaviness in your heart – there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love – like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow – and be there for us to remember.
It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our Beloved Pets – it is a Love that we will always possess.
Written By: Martin Scot Kosins and submitted by Jane Fields & Brigitte Ivory
Extinction Is Forever
The proud and mighty Lion,
Did roam the deserts of Earth
Lioness protects cubs crying
Protects them from this strange new birth.
This birth was one of mankind
An unforgivable race
They didn’t use their mind.
They were not afraid to show their face
Recklessly hunting and slaughtering,
The danger they were causing,
Might erase the Lion Nation.
If we don’t start to be more kind
From this Earth, the Lions we’ll sever
I only ask, “Please use your mind,
Extinction is Forever!”
By: Jamie Veronica
Lakota?s Bleeding Hearts
The morning since you passed away
The night before that broke my heart
The Bleeding Heart bloomed full today
A birth from death we?re all a part
You bare escaped death oft before
So many prayers were said for you
Your birth was from death even more
Than most of your kind ever knew
You never knew your mother?s kiss
Nor could you know I wasn?t she
And never did you challenge this
As being what your life should be
Though you were sick and oft in pain
You met each day with strength anew
And never did you once complain
Of all your illness put you through
You gave me hope, when every morn
I?d come to see, with bated breath
For fear this was the day I?d mourn
To see if you had escaped death
For years now you had grown so strong
That each day I felt more assured
That we had overcome the wrong
Through love and faith we had endured
I called to you, but no reply
And knew my heart was soon to break
Only death could part you and I
And this was more than I can take.
Carole Stairs Lewis 6/12/98
The following quote is from a speech by Chief Seattle in 1854. I think it says a lot about fundamental stewardship ;
“How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land ? The idea is strange to us. Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy . .
If we sell you land, you must remember that it is sacred, and you must teach your children that it is sacred, . .
And what is humanity without the beast ? If all the beasts were gone, humanity would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to humans. All things are connected. This we know. The earth does not belong to humanity, humans belong to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.”
Promise yourself to be so strong
That nothing can disturb your peace of mind
To talk health, happiness and prosperity
To every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
That there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything
And make your optimism come true.
To think only the best
And expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
As you are about your own.
To forgive the mistakes of the past
And press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
And give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
That you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry,
Too noble for anger, too strong for fear
And too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
The Blue Cat
Key West Florida.
A SAD FAREWELL
On May 29, 1995, under a Gemini moon
a beautiful LEO was born.
His future was not to be the “King of Beasts”,
but the “King of my Heart”.
He was christened “Mufasa”
This noble and gentle “beast”,
was the “Stuff that legends are made of”.
Not the legends of ferocity, but of docility.
Not of Man-eaters, but as man’s companion & friend. His powerful paws were not equipped
with the razor sharp claws of his birthright that would bring death & destruction, but they were the paws that reached out and touched the hearts of all who entered his domain. Sarabi was his pride, he was our “Pride & Joy”!
She will know that every clash of thunder,
will be him roaring from the heavens to tell us that he is well.
It is there that he will wait patiently for us to be a family again.
His funny little walk told the story of the abuse & neglect by the drug addicts who brought him into the world to sell for a quick fix.
The endless sea of toys he leaves behind
tells the story of how much he was loved by those who gave him protection and a home.
On September 26, 1996 at 2:00 a.m.
his flame was extinguished forever,
but at the same time –
a new star in the night sky was born.
Like the memories he leaves behind,
It will shine forever!
Breeding Tigers in the U.S. Kills Tigers in the Wild
Asking how that can be? Here is how.
The private ownership of tigers in the U.S. negatively impacts conservation in a number of ways:
Negative conservation message. The primary driver of breeding tigers in the U.S. is the need for a constant supply of tiger cubs in order to charge the public to take photos with them, pet them and swim with them. The exhibitors falsely claim that this causes people to be more interested in conservation. The opposite is true for two reasons.
1) Exhibitors argue that close contact with the animals creates awareness of conservation. Studies with primates have shown the opposite to be true. (Citations).
2) Exhibitors tell people that the tiger is inevitably going extinct in the wild so the only way to “conserve” them is to breed them in captivity.
First, “conservation” is preserving the balance of nature in the wild. Having tigers in a cage to gawk at is not conservation. The only time breeding in captivity has a positive conservation impact is when animals (1) are of pure genetic heritage, (2) are either inherently capable of surviving in the wild or can be taught to survive in the wild (like BCR’s rehab program for orphaned bobcat kittens we teach to hunt and then release) and (3) there is habitat into which the animals can be released. NONE of these criteria are met by the generic tigers that are used for cub petting and display.
Second, as opposed to increasing interest in conservation in the wild, the statement that the tigers are going extinct in the wild so we need them in cages to preserve them does the opposite. What this argument “teaches” people in effect is that we don’t have to worry about tigers going extinct in the wild if we have them in cages. So it teaches people NOT to be concerned about preservation of tigers in the wild.
Impairing U.S. credibility in influencing other nations. There are estimated to be 5,000 to 10,000 tigers in private hands in the U.S. Those who have USDA licenses are supposed to keep a census showing acquisitions, dispositions and those they possess at a given time. But the exhibitors only need to keep records for a year and only keep them on hand for inspection. USDA does not collect this data and track it. There is no tracking of private owners of tigers who do not have a USDA license.
An organization called TRAFFIC commissioned a study a few years ago to determine if parts from U.S. tigers might be entering the illegal trade. The study concluded that there was no way to know how many U.S. tigers end up in the trade for their parts because of the lack of tracking. For instance, two of the most notorious prolific breeders of tiger cubs, one in Wynnewood, OK and one in Myrtle Beach, SC each breed dozens of tigers each year for petting and there is no tracking of where these cubs end up.
There is an international treaty called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Without going into details, the nations meet every few years to report on progress, discuss issues and vote on recommendations. Again to keep it short, China and a few other nations want to change the CITES rules to allow them to breed tigers like we breed cattle or chickens on “tiger farms” and slaughter them to sell their parts and products made from their parts (called derivatives) like tiger bone wine. Those countries falsely argue that if they “supply the market” for these products from the farms then there will be no incentive to poach tigers from the wild. This is absolutely not true for two reasons. First, the wild tiger will always be considered the premium product, particularly when it comes to derivatives that are alleged to have aphrodisiac qualities. So expanding the market by making supply more readily available will create even more demand for the premium wild tiger product. Second, it is simply much cheaper to poach a tiger than to feed and house one for years until it is large enough to slaughter.
The U.S. fortunately opposes tiger farming and sale of tiger parts and derivative, as do many other nations.
So what does this have to do with breeding captive tigers in the U.S. for cub petting and having them end up in back yards and no one knows where?
Recently we were participants in a meeting of NGOs (non governmental organizations) from around the world that are involved in tiger conservation. They universally bemoaned the fact that while the U.S. was an ally in trying to resist efforts by some nations to farm tigers and legalize the sale of parts and derivatives, the U.S. credibility and effectiveness is severely impaired because the nations favoring the legal sale of tiger parts point to our widespread untracked captive population and ask how can the U.S. credibly ask those nations to stop captive breeding when we set such a bad example of rampant breeding in our country with no idea how many tigers here may be killed for their parts and end up in the international trade. The nations with tiger farms point out that at least they know where their tigers are.
Is there something YOU can do to stop tigers from being killed in the wild? YES!
We can hugely increase the ability of the United States to influence the international community to prevent the tiger farming and sale of tiger parts and products that will increase the poaching of wild tigers. How? By passing the Big Cat Public Safety Act HR 3546 / S 2541. This law would end most of the private breeding and possession of big cats in this country. Passing this bill into law would show that the U.S. was ending the private breeding here and restore our credibility with the international community.
How can you help? It is easy and takes only a few minutes. Just visit BigCatAct.com and learn how to email or call your Representative and Senators and urge them to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
We are asked this question several times a day, but don’t always have the time to give a completely in depth answer, so please forgive us for just sending you to this page. Our intent in doing so is to give you a much more complete answer than we could in an email and it frees us up to be doing the very work that you have been funding us to do. If you have asked for our advice, it’s because you already know and trust us, but even those who love and support our work often report they had no idea of the range of our work. If cats are your passion we are specialists in protecting them. Please allow me a few minutes to give you an overview of the range of our work and if you don’t see your particular interest mentioned, I’ll include some other suggestions.
Captive Big Cats
Big Cat Rescue has been rescuing and providing lifetime care to exotic cats of all sizes, from 3 pound Sand Cats to 750 pound Tigers since 1992. All of our cats’ bios are listed here: http://BigCatRescue.org/bobcat-rehab More than 250 cats have lived out their lives here in peace and tranquility. We rescue cats as we have space and funds to do so but never take on more animals than we can provide for until the end of their lives.
Rescue and Rehab of Wild Cats
Big Cat Rescue has the finest bobcat rehab facilities to be found. We have a long history of assisting bobcats who have been hit by cars, poisoned, shot or orphaned. More about our rehab work cat be found at http://BigCatRescue.org/bobcat-rehab
Domestic Cats and Kittens
Big Cat Rescue fosters domestic kittens, and often their mothers, through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We take orphans or mothers with young litters and raise them up until they are 2 lbs and are ready to be spayed / neutered and adopted. We provide round the clock infant care and take in the feral cats and kittens that other foster homes are not equipped to handle. We have been able to assist more than 275 cats and kittens on their road to permanent homes since 2014. http://bigcatrescue.org/kittens/
Big Cat Rescue has assisted groups including Animal Coalition of Tampa, No More Homeless Pets, Cat Crusaders and others by providing transport for spay day equipment and hosting groups for free at our sanctuary for their volunteer appreciation parties. We TnR a number of cats ourselves as well and fight for laws to protect those who are working to reduce the number of cats killed in shelters through aggressive spay / neuter programs.
Wild Cats in the Wild
In addition to advocacy work to protect wild places for wild cats, Big Cat Rescue donates to programs in countries where wild cats live. We have a staff member who seeks out the best work being done for wild cats. She wades through tons of information to suss out the programs where our donations can do the most good and is careful to be sure we are not supporting situations that may be doing more harm than good. You can see the places we have chosen to fund here: http://bigcatrescue.org/insitu/
When it comes to supporting big cat conservation, there is probably no one we trust more than Panthera, but with 80 million dollars in the bank, they don’t need our small sums, so we tend to focus more on the smaller cats who get far less funding.
Education About Cats
Big Cat Rescue provides a premiere website that gets more than 3.5 million visitors per year and has more than 10,000 pages of information on big cats and how to protect them. Our social sites have fans in excess of 2 million people and our live streaming events often reach half a million to a million people a day. We use the Internet and our social reach to educate people about what they can do to protect big cats. We have written and provide materials for free on how to run an effective sanctuary here: http://bigcatrescue.org/cat-care/
We have compiled our extensive staff and volunteer training into an online course that is available for $9 per month to anyone who is thinking about working with captive wild animals at ZooCollege.com and we provide the course for free to sanctuaries that are accredited or seeking accreditation.
Through our live web cams people from all around the planet can tune in to watch the behavior of captive cats, see how rehab cats are learning to survive in the wild and can even watch all of our veterinary procedures from a camera that is mounted over the operating table and in X-ray.
We focus most of our time and energy on educating adults because big cats will die out in the wild before the children of today are old enough to do anything about it, if we don’t act now. We do offer Adult and Kids Tours and Education Outreach and provide teachers with a way to put the cat in FCAT.
Advocacy for All Cats
We are the only sanctuary with a lobbyist who is working to end the trade in big cats. We were the first organization to actually hire a lawyer to represent a tiger. More about that at FreeTony.com
We provide an easy to use system that connects our supporters to the lawmakers and non governmental decision makers around the globe who are in the position to make our world a better place for exotic cats. You can see the array of current pending issues (go ahead and take action too while you’re there) at CatLaws.com All of the cute photos and videos we post all over the web are just to get people to come take action to actually protect wild cats. While big cats, or exotic cats are our primary focus, we often encourage action for measures to protect domestic cats too.
Did you know that Big Cat Rescue and all of the properties owned by BCR and Carole Baskin are completely off the grid? In 2012 Big Cat Rescue began installing solar panels to harness the power of the sun and cut our dependence on fossil fuels. By 2015 we had partnered with Arcadia Power to insure that all of our power comes from clean energy sources, like wind and solar. Big Cat Rescue has rental properties and volunteer and intern housing off site that pay a little bit extra each month for energy to insist that it be green. CEO, Carole Baskin does the same with her home and her rental properties. In 2016 we took our commitment to a healthier planet a step further by becoming a green energy producer for SolarCoin. If you have known us since the 90s you will know that we have a robust ink and cell phone recycling program, that we are frequently sharing planet protecting strategies and that we recycle everything at the sanctuary.
If there is any work being done for cats that we don’t do, it’s only because we haven’t heard about it yet. Feel free to alert us in the comments below.
Other Good Places?
So maybe you don’t want all of your donations to go to cats, or to one place. That seems to be pretty common, based on the number of people who ask me who else would be good to fund. Personally, from what I know about funding animal work, it is a lot more effective to focus all of your time and energy in a certain direction, than to scatter resources with a shotgun type approach. That’s why Big Cat Rescue is laser focused on CATS.
There are two ways to determine if an organization is worthy of funding.
There is no reason for any legitimate sanctuary to not be accredited because the cost is minimal ($750 a year which won’t even feed one cat for 3 weeks) and the value is immeasurable. Donors have the assurance that an outside body is actually overseeing what happens and GFAS offers all kinds of training, resources and grants to help sanctuaries improve their conditions.
If it is an animal welfare group, or a sanctuary, then look to Charity Navigator. Be sure to compare the non profit you are thinking about to Big Cat Rescue’s scoring to know how they stack up. There are very few who even come close to our ranking.
Who You Shouldn’t Fund
Ignore the heart tugging plight of wild animals in foreign countries where you cannot find a legitimate sanctuary or non profit (see above) to vet them. Many con artists have figured out that people will send money if they see starving animals. There is a photo of a starving tiger that is still making the rounds and bilking kind hearted people out of their money many years after she was rescued and then died.
Slick mailing campaigns are the main stay for some of the worst facilities in America. As much as 90% of the money donated goes to the mail house that creates the stories, which are usually utter fabrications, and the remaining 10% goes to people who are not running legitimate sanctuaries. They are experts in parting people from their money and prey on the elderly who may not have the skills to check out the underlying organizations online.
This last one is probably the hardest. There are some miserable conditions out there for captive wild cats, that are masquerading as sanctuaries or “rescue centers” (because they sell the animals, so they claim to rescue them from bad places and then send them to good places). Their pitch is, “If you don’t like what you see then donate and we will make it better.” That just isn’t true.
If they are taking in animals they can’t afford, or worse yet, breeding them, then there is no amount of money that is going to change them from hoarders to rescuers. The best thing you can do for the poor animals in their hands is to take careful notes, photos and videos and then write up complaints to the USDA, and state or local authorities so that they do not continue to add to the suffering they are already causing.
Thank you for taking the time to find out what we do and why we think we are your best choice if your intention is to help cats. At the link above you will find many ways to give; from outright donations, to donations that include signs to recognize your support, to making cat protection your legacy to finding great items you can buy and use that generate funds for the cats.