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JnK

New York JnK Tiger Rescue http://youtu.be/1TK4MTqnG7E http://youtu.be/CRuyvdIYWJk DejaVu is all I can say. It happens over and over, like a recurring nightmare for the wild animals suffering through it; only the names and places change. Someone wants to “rescue” wild animals because that seems like glamorous work, so they buy animals (and just prolong the problem) until the really bad guys find out there is a new place to dump last year’s photo cubs, and then the “rescues” become more legitimate, in the eyes of the “rescuer” Read More

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Quarantine

Big Cat Rescue's Quarantine Protocol   To prevent the introduction of disease to animals already established in the Sanctuary, new animal arrivals are quarantined on arrival in the Sanctuary's Quarantine Facility. Occasionally new arrivals will be quarantined elsewhere on site. To control certain health problems or outbreaks of disease, quarantine restrictions are sometimes placed on a certain Sanctuary area. The quarantine period is thirty days unless specified by the vet. The quarantine period may be extended indefinitely if the new Read More

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Kirby Van Burch Retires Tigers

Kirby Van Burch Retires Tigers to National Tiger Sanctuary http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/magicians-tigers-moved-to-sanctuary/41607/Z_D7qfs0UE2zoWVNPGMxnQ Find out more about the USDA violations here:  911 Animal Abuse Kirby Van Burch   National Geographic Exposed Kirby Van Burch   http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/animal-intervention/videos/a-magicians-wildcats/ Alison Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood, and sidekick, Donald, head to Branson, MO to meet with Kirby Van Burch, a magician who uses Read More

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Trade in Bobcats and Lynx 2004-2008

2014 60 Bobcat Pelts Seized California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Nick Buckler recovered pelts from 60 poached bobcats and gray foxes. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife) Tracy Lee Shultz of Courtland, south of Sacramento, was fined $5,000 and ordered to forfeit the pelts worth nearly $15,000 according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 2012 Cruel Leg Hold Trapping & Torture of Bobcat   http://youtu.be/-KONb-xSZvg   Speak out against this here: CatLaws.com   Trade Read More

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Sheena

Sheena     Sheena's owner was unwilling to meet the standards required to keep her so she was surrendered to the state of Ohio. Will you help Sheena? http://www.razoo.com/story/Sheena-Serval-Rescue In 2003 John Babb of Berea, Kentucky shipped an 8 week old serval kitten to a woman in Ohio, who named her Sheena. (The breeder's website boasts that he is still selling serval kittens to pet owners in the U.S. for $6,000 and abroad for $9,000.) Fast forward 11 years... After Terry Thompson released 56 lions, tigers Read More

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#TAFA14

#TAFA14 Contest   If you will be attending the 2014 Taking Action for Animals, you could win!  As the Diamond Sponsor, Big Cat Rescue would like to reward you for taking action to protect exotic cats by offering the chance to win a new IPAD MINI OR ANDROID TABLET. Here is how to play: CALL your federal Representative or Senator, ask them to "Co Sponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act HR 1998 and S1381" and then write down who you called, the number you called, if you spoke with a real person or left voicemail (both count) Read More

Posted in itunes, Leopards, Rescues, Videos | 8 comments

Sabre

  Sabre Male Leopard DOB 3/1/92 Rescued 7/20/95 Sabre was 3 years old when he arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 7/20/95. Though he was only supposed to be here temporarily, his former owner moved and left no forwarding address. This could have been another sad ending as most are in the exotic pet world. Luckily, we had taken Sabre in and he will have a home here for life. He is very playful and fun loving and always has a mischievous look on his face. He loves to act very silly, running about his cat-a-tat and jumping on top Read More

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Florida Panther Update June 19 2014

Florida Panther Update June 19 2014   Photos available on FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjxNqYsp.   FWC Commissioners receive Florida panther update   Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists provided an update at the agency’s June Commission meeting in Fort Myers regarding Florida panther research and conservation programs. Due to the success of panther-conservation efforts over the past 40 years, the panther population has grown significantly since the 1970s, when the Read More

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When to Euthanize a Tiger

When to Euthanize a Tiger   http://youtu.be/zFvjkR4HpNQ   At Big Cat Rescue we have a general  decision tree that we and our vets use to determine when it is time to euthanize a big cat, but every situation is different. The vast majority of the time we just aren't sure that it is the right decision until we do the necropsy, which is the animal version of an autopsy.  The reason it is so hard to know, if we are doing the right thing, is because cats are hard wired to live the mantra of the wild; "Survival of the fittest." They Read More

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Cameron

CAMERON Lion DOB 10/1/00 Rescued 5/3/04   Cameron the Lion and Zabu the White Tiger are Big Cat Rescue's odd couple. They were both born at a run down roadside zoo in 2000 and were rescued in 2004. At the New Hampshire zoo, Cameron had been raised with Zabu, the white tigress, with the hopes of cross breeding them and selling the resulting Liger cubs. People often hybridize lions and tigers because they are either trying to create a novelty that people will pay to come see or trying to avoid the law. Until recently, Read More