International Tiger Day 2016

International Tiger Day 2016

International Tiger Day 2016

Requires an official International Tiger Day Tee!  Get yours here and know that the proceeds will go to tiger conservation.

Big Cat Rescue and @Clemson University Tigers for Tigers are teamed up to protect wild tigers! All profits from the “Extinction Bites” t-shirt sale goes to support International Tiger Project with on the ground conservation efforts. Did we mention that BCR is matching all t-shirt sale profits up to $3000?! #tigertuesday http://bit.ly/1UuTUmJ

 

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Big Cat Coalition Partners Roar for Tigers on International Tiger Day

45 Non Governmental Agencies, including Big Cat Rescue petition:
Today on International Tiger Day, we the undersigned 45 non-governmental organisations are urging countries with tiger farms to adopt urgent action to end tiger breeding for commercial purposes and phase out tiger farms. Read more:

https://eia-international.org/international-tiger-day-zero-demand-zero-poaching

International Tiger Day – Zero Demand for Zero Poaching!

Today is International Tiger Day and EIA and 44 other NGOs are raising the alarm of increasing tiger poaching and calling for an end to all tiger farming and tiger trade.

Debbie Banks, EIA Tiger Campaign Leader, said: “It is fantastic to see organisations from across the world unite in this call to action to end tiger farming.

“Acting in unison in 2007, we had a major win for tigers when governments agreed that tiger ‘farming’ should be stopped. But instead of complying with that decision, the governments of China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have allowed tiger farming and trade to spiral out of control.

“All eyes now are on governments as they prepare for the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES in Johannesburg at the end of September. It’s the perfect opportunity for China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to announce real action to end demand for tiger parts and products.

“How real is their commitment to save tigers?”

Today on International Tiger Day, we the undersigned 45 non-governmental organisations are urging countries with tiger farms to adopt urgent action to end tiger breeding for commercial purposes and phase out tiger farms.

The global wild tiger population is estimated to be fewer than 4,000. These last remaining wild tigers are each threatened by trade for nearly all of their body parts – from skins and bones to teeth and claws – traded by criminals for huge profits. These products are consumed largely as exotic luxury products for demonstrating social status, such as tiger skin rugs for luxury home décor or expensive tiger bone wine. Tiger bone is also consumed as traditional medicine. The main market for tiger products are consumers in China and Vietnam, followed by smaller consumer markets in Myanmar and Laos.

There are currently two primary sources for trade in tiger parts and products: wild tigers in 10 range countries that are home to the last remaining wild tigers and captive tigers largely found in four tiger farming countries – China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Tiger farming and trade in captive tiger body parts from and through these countries undermines tiger conservation efforts across Asia. Indeed, trade in captive tiger parts and products stimulates demand for tiger products – be it from wild or captive tigers – and undermines enforcement efforts by making it difficult to know whether seized tiger products come from wild or captive tigers.

Tiger farms have expanded rapidly over the past few decades. In the four tiger farming countries alone there are approximately 7,000-8,000 captive tigers in large tiger farms, zoos and smaller facilities that keep or breed tigers.

The wild tiger population has declined by over 95 per cent over the past 100 years; 2016 has also marked a significant upsurge in tiger poaching and trade where in India more tigers were killed in the first five months of 2016 than in the whole of 2015.

The tiger range countries where tiger populations are beginning to show signs of recovery have high levels of political commitment, strong laws and enforcement – and no tiger farms. Where tiger farms are present they only serve as an obstacle to recovery. In recent years, China and Thailand have both delivered important new tiger conservation efforts on the ground. Despite this investment, the effects of tiger farms limit the potential gains from such work, as well as damaging those countries’ reputation in the area of species conservation.

We commend the recent bold enforcement efforts of Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), which in June 2016 seized 137 live tigers, thousands of tiger skin amulets, 70 preserved cubs and other tiger parts from the “Tiger Temple” in Kanchanaburi Province. The DNP has announced that it will investigate other captive tiger facilities implicated in tiger trade. This represents a significant opportunity for Thailand to end all tiger farming within its borders and to play a leadership role in the phase-out of tiger farms in the region.

Other countries should also take action to ensure they are not implicated in the trade in captive tiger parts and products. For example, there appears to be a growing trade in tigers and their parts and products from South Africa. The United States also has a large number of captive tigers which may also become vulnerable to exploitation for illegal trade.

The world needs to wake up to the alarm bells ringing across the tiger’s range. It is clear that tiger farming and trade in captive tiger parts have done nothing to end the pressure on, and trade in, wild tigers. In September this year, world governments will come together in South Africa to participate in the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The CITES conference offers a significant opportunity for governments to adopt and call for urgent implementation of concrete measures to phase out tiger farms.

If wild tiger populations are to be recovered and secured, the international community must provide support to end tiger farming and all trade in tiger parts and products from wild and captive tigers. We the undersigned, including those with technical expertise in managing captive tigers, stand ready to provide assistance to achieve the goals of Zero Demand for tiger parts and products and Zero Poaching of tigers.

  1. Esther Conway, Manager, 21ST CENTURY TIGER
  1. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, Ph.D., Secretary General and CEO, AARANYAK
  1. Toby Zhang, Executive Secretary-General, AITA FOUNDATION
  1. Jo Cook, ALTA Coordinator, AMUR LEOPARD AND TIGER ALLIANCE (ALTA)
  1. Jill Robinson MBE, Dr. med vet hc, Hon LLD, Founder & CEO, ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION
  1. Susan Millward, Executive Director, ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE
  1. Rhishja Cota-Larson, President, ANNAMITICUS
  1. Kris Vehrs, Interim President and CEO, ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS
  1. R.S. Chundawat, President, BAAVAN – BAGH AAP AUR VAN
  1. Carole Baskin, CEO and Founder, BIG CAT RESCUE
  1. Will Travers OBE, President & CEO, BORN FREE FOUNDATION
  1. Adam Roberts, CEO, BORN FREE USA
  1. Sybelle Foxcroft, Director, CEE4LIFE
  1. Sally Case, CEO, DAVID SHEPHERD WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
  1. Dung Nguyen, Vice Director, EDUCATION FOR NATURE – VIETNAM (ENV)
  1. Feng Yongfeng, Founder & CEO, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST FUND
  1. Debbie Banks, Campaign Leader, Tiger and Wildlife Crime, ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATION AGENCY (EIA)
  1. Ioana Dungler, Director of Wild Animals, FOUR PAWS INTERNATIONAL
  1. Sulma Warne, Deputy Director, FREELAND FOUNDATION
  1. Teresa M. Telecky, Ph.D., Director, Wildlife Department, HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL
  1. Nicole Paquette, Vice President, Wildlife, HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES
  1. Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director, INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (IFAW)
  1. Kumi Togawa, President, JAPAN TIGER AND ELEPHANT FUND
  1. Nishikant Kale, President, NATURE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
  1. Christoph Schmidt, Ph.D., Chair of the Board, PRO WILDLIFE
  1. Sergei Bereznuk, Director, PHOENIX FUND
  1. Adam Grogan, Head of Wildlife, ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (RSPCA)
  1. Bittu Sahgal, Founder – Editor, SANCTUARY ASIA
  1. Simon Clinton, Founder & CEO, SAVE WILD TIGERS
  1. Kedar Gore, Director, THE CORBETT FOUNDATION
  1. Brian K. Weirum, Chairman, THE FUND FOR THE TIGER
  1. Phil Davis, Founder, TIGER AWARENESS
  1. Vicky Flynn, Manager, TIGERTIME CAMPAIGN
  1. Julian Matthews, Chairman, TOFTIGERS
  1. Prasanna Yonzon, CEO, WILDLIFE CONSERVATION NEPAL
  1. Edwin Wiek, Founder and Director, WILDLIFE FRIENDS FOUNDATION THAILAND (WFFT)
  1. Belinda Wright, OBE, Executive Director, WILDLIFE PROTECTION SOCIETY OF INDIA (WPSI)
  1. Biswajit Mohanty, Ph.D., Secretary, WILDLIFE SOCIETY OF ORISSA
  1. Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and Chairman, WILDLIFE SOS
  1. Md. Anwarul Islam, CEO, WILDTEAM
  1. Jack Kinross, Coordinator, WILDTIGER CONSERVATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
  1. Georgina Allen, Director, WILD WELFARE
  1. Lena Aahlby, Interim Global Director of Programmes, WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION
  1. Michael Baltzer, Leader, WWF TIGERS ALIVE INITIATIVE
  1. Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes, ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON (ZSL)

 

Check out more International Tiger Day news at http://bigcatrescue.org/wwf-roars-tiger-farming/

The Claws

The Claws

Ms. Claws Still in Rehab

Ms. Claws has not grown like she should and has been too small to take on the kind of prey she needs to survive.  We are giving her more time in rehab to put on some size (she’s fat, but tiny) and to hone her skills.

Watch her LIVE in the Bobcat Rehab area: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-bobcat-rehab-and-release

Mr. Claws Has Been Set Free

Mr. Claws has done a great job of healing and preparing for life in the wild, so he was returned to the same county where he was found and set free.

You can help us rescue, rehab and release bobcats, like Mr. Claws with the purchase of this fun, new tee called, My Bobcat’s in Rehab.

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Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claws

Having been rescued from Christmas, Florida, we just couldn’t resist the timely names.  Help make their holiday wishes come true by supporting their rehab and release back to the wild.

We wish they could talk, because it would take a lot of the guesswork out of their care.  Based on the injuries and and reports by Carol Hardee, the rehabber who was the first on the scene for both kittens, here is how it probably happened.

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See the video at the bottom of the page to understand why they were separated.  The webcam footage is black and white and grainy because it was captured after dark using IR cameras.

September 2015 Mrs Claws:

Only a few weeks old, and not barely 3 pounds, she was being shaken to the core.  She could barely breathe due to the crushing jaws that had snatched her from her den.  Being shaken wildly, she could barely think, much less scream out for her mother, to return and save her.  The tiny bobcat was flung into the air, and hitting the ground rolled a few feet, but before she could gather her balance to run, she was snatched up again.  She was being carried away by some monster that was having fun playing with her, like she was a toy, but she was bleeding and this “toy” wasn’t going to last long.

With every last bit of strength, and every thing she learned from being raised by one of the most fierce of all felines, she bit and clawed back.  She aimed for the eyes and the sensitive nose, since that’s all she could reach from her vantage point of being held in the mouth of this creature.  With a yelp her freedom had been secured.  She didn’t know if it would be for a moment, or for good.  She had to find her mother as soon as possible.  She was just too young to be dealing with this terror on her own.

She called and called, but she’d been carried too far away.  Her mother couldn’t find her and she was too small and too badly injured to find her way back to the nest.  But Carol Hardee, of the Wildlife Rehab Center, found her and began treating her life threatening wounds.

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The kitten doubled in size, but was reaching an age when she would need to be transferred to a rehab center that could teach her to hunt.  A mother will spend a year and a half, or more, teaching her kittens how to hunt, how to stay away from people and how to survive in a tough world.  This kitten was about ready to make that move, to a new stage of training, when Mr. Claws arrived on the scene.

November 5 2015 Mr Claws

He had found a warm spot under the hood of a car to hide until dark.  He’d gotten too far out of the woods for his own good, and now there were kids running wild in the YMCA parking lot, so he figured he would just wait it out.  The one thing his mother hadn’t taught him about being a bobcat, is that you should never go near cars, even if they are sitting still and being silent.

When the owner returned, the slam of the door almost gave him enough notice, but not quite.  The key turned in the ignition and a ton of metal gears, belts and a fan roared to life.  The fan both cut him to the bone in one leg, while snapping another leg bone in two.  He was flipped out to the pavement beneath.  As the owner of the car backed out of the parking space, he saw the young bobcat trying desperately to pull himself to safety with his front paws.

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Not knowing what to do, the auto driver called the police.  They called the Florida Wildlife Commission and between them managed to capture the broken little bobcat in a box.

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Again, the closest rehabber was Carol Hardee, of the Wildlife Rehab Center, who does her life saving work from a ranch in the woods, on Reindeer Lane in Christmas, Florida.

Due to family matters she was not able to get the bobcat X-rayed, but could see that he was not recovering properly and it really was time for the little female to start to learn to hunt.  Carol Hardee called Carole Baskin, of Big Cat Rescue to see if we could take both bobcats and finish their rehab and release.

Jamie Veronica made the 5 hour round trip, ending at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, where Mr. Claws was rushed into X-ray.  Jamie’s husband, Dr. Boorstein, had enlisted the help of Dr. Bard and tech, Jamie Gibbs, and the four of them worked on saving Mr. Claws leg for the next 4 hours.

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There was no handling this wild child, so he had to be sedated.

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The vets were able to get a good look at his face, noting a slight ulceration to the eye, and some broken and missing teeth. The gash was cleaned and sewed up.  His tail had been separated in the spinal column, but no outer damage was visible.  It could have happened in the accident, or someone may have grabbed him by the tail trying to save him.  The tail may be dead and might have to be amputated later.

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The damage to the back leg bone is obvious, but what is less obvious is that the pelvis is cracked and uneven.  This may heal or may need further surgery.  Dr. Boorstein is consulting with orthopedic specialist, Dr. Callum Hay.

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Humane Society of Tampa Bay vet tech, Jamie Gibbs, prepares Mr. Claws for surgery.

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Dr. Justin Boorstein and Dr. Bard working to save Mr. Claws leg.

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Pins in the bone to hold it together under the skin.  You can’t put a cast on a wild cat.  They will chew it or their leg off.

We can’t know for certain what happened to either of these kittens before they arrived here, but one thing we do know for certain is that we will always be here to help wild cats like them, as long as you are by our side.

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More Photos of Mr and Mrs Claws

Mr. and Mrs. Claws are in our onsite West Boensch Cat Hospital temporarily.  Soon we hope to send them to a far larger outdoor space where they can begin to get ready for life in the wild.  At this writing we have 6 bobcats in rehab and desperately need to build a larger rehab area to accommodate this growing need.

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Mr Claws on the way to Big Cat Rescue

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Mrs Claws on the way to Big Cat Rescue

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JoJo

JoJo

JoJo

Male DOB 1/1/03
Rescued 9/1/13
Caravel (Caracal / Serval Hybrid)

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Meet Jo Jo the Caracal Serval Hybrid

 

JoJo the Caracal / Serval Hybrid

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I first met JoJo the Caracal / Serval hybrid at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2005 after a hurricane had taken down the perimeter fencing and dumped piles of deadfall on the cages.

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The owner, Dirk Neugebohm, had ended up in the hospital with a heart attack from trying to clean the mess up by himself.

 

He wrote from what he thought was his deathbed back then to anyone and everyone he could think of asking for help; and asking for help was not something that came easily to this hard working German.

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What we found, when Howard and I visited, was a man who was way in over his head.  Donations were almost non existent, the cages were old, dilapidated, small and concrete floored.  The freezer had been damaged and he had lost his food supply, so we sent food and volunteers to help him clean up and rebuild.

The tiger back then was Sinbad, who lived in what is commonly used for housing parrots.  An oval corn crib cage with a metal roof.  Sinbad died recently after a snake bite, leaving Krishna, pictured, as the only remaining tiger.

Krishna Tiger

 

We had a donor and a sanctuary (Safe Haven in NV) that were willing to take Krishna, but we were told that the Florida Wildlife Commission had found someone less than 6 miles away to take him.

Dirk managed to keep his sanctuary afloat, if just barely, for the next 8 years, but a couple days ago one of his volunteers, Vickie Saez, who we had been helping for the past couple of years with infrastructure and social networking, contacted us to say that Dirk was dying of brain cancer in the hospital and that she had convinced him to let the animals go to other homes.   She said the Florida Wildlife Commission had arranged for most of the homes, but that Dirk was very happy that we could take JoJo.  Our sweet Caracal, Rose, had died July 31st and her cage was empty.

We were told that all of the other cats had new homes waiting, except for Nola the cougar, but she was very ill.  We offered to pay a vet to do blood work on her to make sure that she was not contagious.  We were concerned because she had a history of some very contagious diseases, which had left her severely debilitated.  What concerned us was that her caretaker said she looked bloated.

A vet had arrived to help with the transfer of two leopards to a place in Jupiter.  He sedated Nola to see what was wrong.

We are told that he palpitated three melon sized tumors in her abdomen and that with every touch of her belly she exuded foamy blood from her nose and anus.  He was sure that there was no hope for her and humanely euthanized her.

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This photo was Nola back in 2011.  While we were sad that we would not be able to give Nola a new home here at Big Cat Rescue we are glad that she is not suffering any more.

 

JoJo at Big Cat Rescue

 

JoJo has arrived at Big Cat Rescue and settled in nicely.  It is quite possibly his first time to walk on the soft earth.

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His cage has been a small (maybe 60 square feet) of concrete and chain link for at least 8 years and probably longer.  He is thought to be about 10 years old.  Sometimes breeders hybridize exotic cats because there are no laws on the books that regulate them, but in Florida, the inspectors say, “If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck; it’s a duck.”

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JoJo now has 1,200 square feet of earth, bushes, trees and grass.

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He really likes the grass.  Are you hearing the Beetles lyric, “JoJo left his home in Homestead-Miami looking for some Florida grass?”

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His diet has only been chicken necks for as far back as anyone can remember.  I think he is really going to like the menu at Big Cat Rescue.  You can help make rescues like this possible and help feed all of the cats at:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

 See More About JoJo:

JoJo the Caravel is up on his platform in this Wildcat Walkabout Video on May 1, 2014 – http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-may-2-2014/

Get the Meet JoJo iBook in iTunes

Meet another Caravel at the Wildcat Sanctuary

 

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Mickey

Mickey

Mickey

Male Cougar
Born 6/25/2003
Rescued 8/18/2014

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Please help provide for his long term recovery:   http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

Please help provide for his long term recovery:   http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

 

 

Mickey Cougar’s story is so long and heartbreaking that it will be hard to tell in just a few minutes.  (Watch his rescue video to find out the whole story.)

Animal House, in Moulton, AL, was a backyard zoo that operated with a USDA license up until 2006 when it was revoked.  At the time Alabama had no laws to regulate the private possession of wild animals, so once USDA washed their hands of the mess, there was virtually no government oversight of the facility.  Former volunteers say the owner had no other source of income than her social security check and that she had contracted with the county to become their dog pound.

In 2013 conditions there were reported to be so grim that the county revoked her contract and rescue groups went in to save the dogs and cats housed at Animal House.  One of the rescuers video taped a leopard who had been injured by a Doberman, two years prior, and sent the photos and video to Big Cat Rescue asking for help.

We were told that the owner had been feeding the dogs and cats there to her wild animals and that the Doberman had fought back.  Her family said the dog had just been in an adjacent cage and the leopard reached through.  Regardless of whether it was malice or neglect, the leopard’s leg had bones sticking out and festering tissue exposed.  Big Cat Rescue tried, unsuccessfully, for months, to get USDA, the USFWS, the State of Alabama and the local Sheriff to either confiscate the leopard or get her medical attention.  When they failed to help the cat we appealed to the media, who said there wasn’t a story if they couldn’t get permission to go film the cat themselves, which the owner was NOT going to allow.

The leopard died and had probably suffered unimaginable agony for two years or more until her wounds killed her.

We never gave up and 2014 began negotiations with the owner, her family members and the state department of natural resources to rescue the cats who still were being kept there.  When we saw the condition Mickey Cougar was in, we didn’t know if he would make it at all.

Both of his back knees suffered from torn ligaments so that when he walked the bones on top would just roll and slip off the bottom bones.  It was painful to even look at him.  Despite the fact that he was grossly underweight and had almost no muscle mass we had to make the difficult decision to sedate him to evaluate the damage and then again to try and repair it.

Dr. Hay, an orthopedic specialist, did the surgery, using something like a synthetic ligament mesh, to mend back his first leg.  Dr. Wynn used a new technique of spinning the patient’s own blood and harvesting platelet rich plasma, to quicken healing, which was injected into the other knee.   We had to reduce the size of Mickey’s cage, so he takes it easy while he is healing.  We will probably have to go back and do surgery on the injected knee once the first one has healed.

Meanwhile Mickey seems to have a strong will to live and we are going to give him every chance possible at a happy life.

Update Feb 22, 2016

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Mickey Update Oct. 15, 2014

I can’t even look at Mickey without tearing up because he is at once, both so pitiful and yet so determined to overcome. We knew it would cost a lot to try and fix him.

For the past week or so, Mickey has been getting rehab treatments, to encourage him to use the leg and build up some muscle. It is Mickey’s nature to have two speeds: Laying around and full out running for the dinner plate. The twice a day rehab work gives him food treat rewards for walking slowing and deliberately.

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We can see a pronounced improvement in the leg that was repaired, as he can keep the knee in place much better, but because of his lack of strength, from nearly starving to death in Alabama, and having no muscle, he trips over his back feet.

We film some of these sessions so the vet can see his progress and have shared some of them online, but it hurts to watch.

Dr. Hay visited the sanctuary recently, to see the rehab session himself. He said at Mickey’s current pace he thinks the surgically repaired knee should be strong enough that he can operate on the other side in 3 to 6 months.

 

Every day it is touch and go with Mickey because he needs to let the repair heal fully, and thus distribute his weight to the repaired leg and the one that still slides all over the place. Too much reliance on the repaired leg and it could damage the work done and never heal right and too much reliance on the broken knee, and his muscles on the other side will continue to atrophy.

Everything has its side effects, so even the pain meds have to be very carefully monitored, as too much can make him nauseous or cause him to sleep all the time and too little can make him not want to move at all.

Whenever there are cats in need of rescue, we always offer to take the oldest, sickest or most impaired because our sanctuary is unique in its ability to provide the best veterinary and supportive care. We have 2 vets that have been with us for about a decade each. They visit twice a week and provide all of the house calls for free.

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We have specialists in orthopedics, eyes, cancer and teeth who dramatically discount their work because they love the big cats. We have 14 paid staff, who do administrative work and manage our 80-100 volunteers who put in the collective hours of 40 more paid staff. By spending the time and money to train expert volunteers, our donors’ money can go directly to the cats.

The reason we can provide such excellent care is because people like you care. It is your donations that keep the food coming every night, the medications on time, the emergency care and the ability to take in other cats like Mickey, who wouldn’t have a chance anywhere else.

 

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 Mickey Cougar Update March 6, 2015

 

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Mickey Cougar was rescued in 2014. He was in such bad shape that we weren’t sure if we should try to fix everything that was wrong with him, or put him out of his misery. This video does not seem to have ever been posted, as it was 40 minutes long and 6GB in size. It’s been cut down to 12 minutes and shows the horrible decisions we often have to make.

Check out our main YouTube channel at BigCatTV.com and our website at BigCatRescue.org

2016 Mickey Update

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Big Cat Rescue is LIVE 24/7 on webcams

Our best quality webcams are provided by explore.org and are located at these links:

BigCatCam.com is the easy URL link to get you to our main page of webcams on explore.org’s site

Tiger Lake for tigers who can swim in the lake  http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-tiger-lake

Vacation Rotation  explore.org/bigcatrescue AKA http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-vacation-rotation

Feeding Station for lions and tigers http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-feeding-station

Nikita Lioness http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-lioness-nikita

Kitten Cabana (domestic foster kittens as BCR doesn’t condone breeding big cats for cages) http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana

Bobcat Rehab (warning live prey hunting as these cats are being prepared for release back to the wild) http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-bobcat-rehab-and-release

We have Nest Cams that are not as clear, but have sound, at these easy to remember links:

KittenCam1.com This is the video feed inside the Cool Cat Cave which is the building you can see from the Kitten Cabana cam.  Kittens go in here for air conditioning / heat.

KittenCam2.com This points to Nikita Lion’s feeding area.  It is also at https://video.nest.com/live/4dASyt

KittenCam3.com is currently pointing to Joseph Lion.  Note this is just one section of his 5 section enclosure.

MeShare Cams on Kitten Cabana floor and Max & Mary Ann Bobcat: https://user.meshare.com/livedemo/play?physical_id=ZMD11K516000232&type=3

Bobcat or Ocelot could be watching Little Feather Bobcat or PurrFection Ocelot.

LionSelfie.com is also pointing to Joseph Lion.  Note this is just a different angle on one section of his 5 section enclosure.

Recovery Room at West Boensch Hospital for cats who are in Intensive Care.

We have two UStream channels in use at times when there are cats recovering in the onsite hospital at:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bigcathospital

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bigcatrescue  This one iscurrently pointing to Joseph Lion.  Note this is just one section of his 5 section enclosure.

Every Wednesday night at around 6PM our wonderful volunteers come in and make enrichment for the cats.  Sometimes we do live events, where we will answer your questions, or let you make suggestions to them on what to make for the cats, but most of the time it is just a one way window.  We use Facebook for the two way interaction, when there is someone who can manage it.

https://video.nest.com/live/HKdQDE

Temporary Access to Other Webcams

Sometimes we turn on other webcams temporarily for people to enjoy.  If you go to these links and they aren’t playing it is because we have them turned off until we have something to show:

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Circus Acts That Use Wild Cats Should be Banned

Big cats and other animals do not belong in circuses. Circus life is inherently cruel for two key reasons:

  1. The animals spend the vast majority of their time confined in tiny boxes while being transported from city to city.
  2. Trainers claim they only use positive reinforcement, but that is not true. Cats are independent and while they quickly learn the behaviors, they simply will not perform reliably based on positive reinforcement, or what is known as operant conditioning. They will perform only if they feel like it. The ONLY way to get them to perform reliably is by training them with physical punishment, which is a form of abuse.

Social values evolve over time. We forget that it was only 100 years ago that a small band of suffragettes seeking the vote for women were mocked, beaten and thrown in jail by a society that broadly accepted the idea that only men should vote. Similarly, fifty years ago almost no one thought about what life was like for circus animals. The circus was viewed then, and still is by some, as part of the American identity.

But, in the last two decades that has changed dramatically. Country after country has banned using big cats and other animals in circuses. Sadly, nationally the U.S. is woefully behind at the national level, with the one large circus employing an army of lobbyists to resist efforts to correct this injustice. But, at the local level, there has been enormous progress in the United States. Over 50 local governments have passed ordinances or laws banning use of animals in circuses or limiting the abusive ways they are treated.

Bull hook bans are a great example. A bull hook is a medieval looking pole with a metal point and hook at the end. Do you know why the ban works?  Because young elephants are beaten with the bull hook so they fear it as adults. If circus trainers cannot carry a bull hook into the ring, they have no way to control the elephants. The result? Ringling is stopping use of elephants in their circus. They should also stop using big cats.

We are seeing the evolution of our society’s concern for animal treatment affect other major animal exhibitors.  The movie Blackfish resulted in major changes at Sea World.

Below are videos that give you a more vivid view of the history and issues related to the circus.  Below them are lists of countries and US jurisdictions that have responded to the growing public outrage over cruel use of animals in the circus.

What can you do to help?

Sign the pledge committing not to attend a circus that uses animals by clicking the image below and spread the word on social media asking others to do so. If enough people stop attending, the circus will become unprofitable and will stop using animals, much like lower attendance caused Sea World to change.

No Circus Kids

 

 

 

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http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/zoo-check/circuses-performing-animals/

TALKING POINTS

  • Tigers don’t want to jump through hoops of fire
  • Elephants don’t want to balance on their back legs on top of a ball
  • Lions don’t want to be hit with whips
  • Elephants don’t want sharp bull hooks poking them until they bleed
  • Tigers don’t want to be electrocuted with prods
  • Even the baby elephants are tied up with ropes and chains!
  • This is their very sad life in the circus
  • Animals perform because they are afraid of being hurt!
  • They perform stupid tricks because they are scared of the trainers
  • Tigers and lions spend most of their time in tiny cages with no exercise
  • Elephants spend most of their time chained to the ground so tightly they can’t walk even a couple of steps
  • The animals lose their minds after a while, but the circus trainers still don’t care
  • People use animals in the circus to make money
  • Circus owners don’t care if the elephants cry
  • Circus owners don’t care if the tigers are hurt…or thirsty…or scared
  • Circus owners don’t care if the lions are tired or starving
  • Some of the animals even die
  • It is up to us kids to help the animals
  • Animals should be treated with kindness
  • Animals should be respected, not abused
  • Don’t ever buy a ticket to any circus that has animals (or don’t let your parents buy tickets)

No Circus Kids

Worldwide circus bans

Posted: 27 March 2006. Updated: 16 December 2014 by http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=281

EUROPE

Austria: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Belgium: Nationwide ban on the use of most wild animals in circuses (Parrots and camel are classed as domestic)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Nationwide ban on all animals in circuses
Croatia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Czech Republic: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses.
Cyprus: Nationwide ban on all animals in circuses
Denmark: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses.
Estonia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild-born animals in circuses.
Finland: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses.
Greece: Nationwide ban on all animals in circuses
Hungary: Nationwide ban on the use of wild caught animals in circuses, the purchase and training of elephants and primates for circus performances and the purchase, training and use of CITES (Appendix 1) listed species in circuses.
Ireland: Local bans on the use of animals in circuses in Clonakilty, Cork, Drogheda, Fingal, Galway City, Kildare, Monaghan, Moyle, South Dublin and Waterford
Malta:Nationwide ban on all animals for performances, exhibitions, shows or training for the circus
The Netherlands Nationwide ban on the use and transport of animals in circuses, with exemptions for certain, mostly domestic, species
Norway Local ban on wild or exotic animal shows in Tromsø municipality
Poland: Nationwide ban on the use of wild-born animals in circuses.
Portugal: Nationwide ban restricting the use of great apes in circuses and the acquisition and breeding of CITES listed species.
Slovenia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
Spain: Local bans on the use of wild animals in circuses in several towns including Barcelona.
Sweden: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses.
UK: Over 200 local authorities have bans on animal circuses (more than two thirds of these ban all performing animals, the remainder ban just wild animals). A Government commitment to ban the use of wild animals in circuses – this is yet to be enacted.

NORTH AMERICA

USA: 46 partial or full bans on circus animals in municipalities in the US, in 21 states.
Canada: Local bans on the use of animals in circuses in 28 municipal jurisdictions.

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina: Local bans on the use of wild animals in circuses in over 20 cities including a ban in the city of Buenos Aires.
Bolivia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild and domestic animals in circuses.
Brazil: Local bans on the use of wild and domestic animals in circuses in the districts of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Pernambuco, Paraiba, Rio Grande do Sul, Espiritu Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Alagoas and a number of bans in cities within another four Brazilian states.
Chile: Local bans on the use of wild and domestic animals in circuses in the city of Santiago.
Colombia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses; Local ban on the use of animals in circuses in the capital, Bogota.
Costa Rica: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Ecuador: Nationwide ban on the use of native wild animals; restrictions on the use of exotic animals; ban on the import of both native and exotic wild animals with circuses
El Salvador: Nationwide ban on the “Income, use or abuse of wildlife species in all kinds of entertainment”
Mexico:Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
Panama:Nationwide ban prohibiting “entry of wild animals for use in static and travelling circuses and similar shows”
Paraguay: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Peru: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses as well as a local ban on all animals in Magdalena del Mar.

OCEANIA

Australia: Local bans on the use of animals in circuses in several towns including Hobsons Bay, Surf Coast Shire, Parramata and Lismore.

ASIA

India: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses.
Israel: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Singapore: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Taiwan: Nationwide prohibition on the import or export of protected wildlife for circuses.

Our thanks to Animal Defenders International (ADI) for the list below of U.S. jurisdictions passing some form of ban

City/County  Ordinance    Species Covered Type of Prohibition, Restriction or Use of Animals
AK, Eureka Springs Wild, exotic Says Ban.  Is that Display?
AR,  Sherwood Wild, exotic Possession
CA,  Corona Wild, exotic Display
CA,  Encinitas Wild, exotic Entertainment,  amusement
CA,  Huntington    Beach Wild, exotic Performance
CA,  Irvine Wild, exotic Display
CA, Los Angeles Elephants Tools designed for inflicting pain
CA, Marin County Wild, undomesticated Keeping; bullhooks & other implements as of 2017
CA, Oakland   Bullhooks & other implements as of 2017
CA,  Pasadena Wild, exotic Display
CA,  Rohnert    Park Wild, exotic Display
CA, San Francisco ? Display (says Complete Ban)
CA,  Santa    Ana Wild, exotic Display
CA, Santa Monica Elephants?  
CA, West Hollywood Wild, exotic Display
CA, State Elephants Ban deprivation, electricity, some punishment, some instruments

 

CO,  Boulder Exotic Display
CT,  Stamford All All
FL, Clearwater Wild Keeping
FL, Hallandale Beach   Bullhooks & other implements
FL,  Hollywood All Displays or    exhibits
FL,  Margate All Painful techniques and devices
FL, Miami Beach    
FL, Palm Beach    
FL,  Pompano    Beach All All except educational. Ban on painful       techniques/ devices
FL,  Tallahassee All Use    of    substances    and devices in exhibits &    performances
FL, Weston Wild Keeping, confinement, display
GA, Atlanta Elephants Bans certain mistreatment

 

GA,  Fulton    County Elephants Painful instrument or device
HI, Maui County Cetaceans Exhibition
ID, Ketchum   Full Ban
ID, Blaine County   Full Ban
IL, Collinsville All Train to participate in unnatural behavior
IN, Fort  Wayne All Painful substances and  devices
IN, St John All Unnatural behavior & substances/devices causing injury or suffering
KS, Douglas County Dangerous, exotic Ownership or possession barred in certain areas
MA,  Braintree Non-­‐-­‐-­‐domesticated Entertainment
MA, Plymouth Wild, exotic Exhibition, show
MA,  Quincy Non-­‐-­‐-­‐domesticated Entertainment
MA,  Revere Non-­‐-­‐-­‐domesticated Entertainment,  amusement
MA,  Somerville Non-­‐-­‐-­‐domesticated Display
MA,  Weymouth Non-­‐-­‐-­‐domesticated Display, entertainment
MO,  Richmond Wild, exotic Display
MT, Missoula   Full Ban
NC, Asheville   Full ban
NC,  Orange    County Wild, exotic Display
NC,  Chapel    Hill Wild, exotic Display
NY,  Greenburgh Wild, exotic Circuses
NY,  Southampton Wild, exotic Display
OH, State All Use of electric prods
OR, Clatsop County    
SC,  Aiken    County All Painful substances and devices
SC,  Chester Dangerous Display, exhibition
SC, State Marine Mammals Display
TX, Austin Elephants Bullhook ban
TX,  Simonton Dangerous Possession (different from keeping?)
VA, Richmond    
VT,  Burlington Non-­‐-­‐-­‐domesticated Display
WA,  Port    Townsend Wild, exotic Display
WA,  Redmond Wild, exotic Display
WI, Dane County Elephants Full ban (not sure what comments about “one circus only” mean)
WI,  Green    Bay Wild, exotic Traveling  shows,   circuses