Aspen Echo

Aspen Echo

Aspen Echo

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Female Cougar
DOB 8/30/97

 

Aspen sports the kinked tail and mid-back cowlick that are common to the Florida Panther. She also has a very reddish hue to her coat.

Aspen is definitely one of the more hyper active cougars at Big Cat Rescue. She has no trouble at all entertaining herself by crashing through the thick palmettos in her enclosure chasing after lizards, squirrels, and anything else that moves. She even likes to stalk Keepers as they clean her enclosure in the mornings.

Quite the character, Aspen is very silly except for at dinner time, when she transforms into the wild animal that she is. Her growls and cougar screams can be very intimidating.

Aspen Echo was born here back before we learned that no privately held exotic cats serve any sort of conservation purpose.  Back then, in the pre-Internet era of the 90’s, the only people we could turn to for advice were breeders and dealers who lied to us about the necessity of breeding exotic cats to save them.  As soon as we learned better we stopped breeding and began campaigning to end the abuse of breeding wild cats for life in cages.

 

 

Sponsor Aspen Echo here:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

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Artemis

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Artemis

Female Cougar
DOB 10/1/05
Artemis is the serious sister and the more aloof of the three cubs. She is very sweet and loves her brothers, but she tends to be a bit of a loner at times. Artemis also goes by the nickname of “Baby” among the Keeper Volunteers.

A mother mountain lion had been shot by a hunter leaving her three newborn kittens orphans. A rehabber had been given temporary custody of three cougar cubs by Idaho’s Fish and Game Department and three weeks to find them a home in a zoo or to euthanize them. The idea of these magnificent creatures ending up in a zoo where they would be bred for generation after generation of imprisoned animals was more than she could bear.

She visited our web site and was asking herself if death might be more humane than life in a cage but before she made such a decision she contacted Big Cat Rescue. After more than twenty years in her business of rescuing, rehabbing and releasing native wildlife she was no stranger to tough choices, but this one was particularly hard. Because Idaho does not allow big cats to be rehabbed and released they could never go free. If the choice was made for them to live in an accredited facility then how would their sacrifice (life in a cage) be used to stop their kind from enduring persecution by man?

In the end it was decided that the cubs would come to Big Cat Rescue because we can make their story known. Our supporters are active in trying to change the laws that allow animal suffering. These three little orphans are symbolic of why we write letters, donate our time and do all that we do. Visit the page called Cat Laws to help.

See the Rescue of the Three Cubs

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Sleepy Artemis dreams of being back with her mother.

 

 

at the end of the video above.  Sponsor Ares, Artemis and Orion here:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

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Artemis is the serious sister and the more aloof of the three cubs. She is very sweet and loves her brothers, but she tends to be a bit of a loner at times. Artemis also goes by the nickname of “Baby” among the Keeper Volunteers.A mother mountain lion had been shot by a hunter leaving her three newborn kittens orphans. A rehabber had been given temporary custody of three cougar cubs by Idaho’s Fish and Game Department and three weeks to find them a home in a zoo or to euthanize them. The idea of these magnificent creatures ending up in a zoo where they would be bred for generation after generation of imprisoned animals was more than she could bear.She visited our web site and was asking herself if death might be more humane than life in a cage but before she made such a decision she contacted Big Cat Rescue. After more than twenty years in her business of rescuing, rehabbing and releasing native wildlife she was no stranger to tough choices, but this one was particularly hard. Because Idaho does not allow big cats to be rehabbed and released they could never go free. If the choice was made for them to live in an accredited facility then how would their sacrifice (life in a cage) be used to stop their kind from enduring persecution by man?In the end it was decided that the cubs would come to Big Cat Rescue because we can make their story known. Our supporters are active in trying to change the laws that allow animal suffering. These three little orphans are symbolic of why we write letters, donate our time and do all that we do. Visit the page called Cat Laws to help.You can help feed me HERE
Ares

Ares

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Male Cougar
DOB 10/1/05

 

cougar saresAres is the laid back mellow sibling. He likes to hang back and relax while his brother and sister wreak havoc. Ares has the loudest purr of the three cubs. His purring is so intense, his whole body shakes when he purrs! Ares also likes to play with the palmetto stumps in his enclosure and will often rip them out of the ground so he can shred them and bat them around his Cat.a.tat.

A mother mountain lion had been shot by a hunter leaving her three newborn kittens orphans. A rehabber had been given temporary custody of three cougar cubs by Idaho’s Fish and Game Department and three weeks to find them a home in a zoo or to euthanize them. The idea of these magnificent creatures ending up in a zoo where they would be bred for generation after generation of imprisoned animals was more than she could bear.

She visited our web site and was asking herself if death might be more humane than life in a cage but before she made such a decision she contacted Big Cat Rescue. After more than twenty years in her business of rescuing, rehabbing and releasing native wildlife she was no stranger to tough choices, but this one was particularly hard. Because Idaho does not allow big cats to be rehabbed and released they could never go free. If the choice was made for them to live in an accredited facility then how would their sacrifice (life in a cage) be used to stop their kind from enduring persecution by man?

In the end it was decided that the cubs would come to Big Cat Rescue because we can make their story known. Our supporters are active in trying to change the laws that allow animal suffering. These three little orphans are symbolic of why we write letters, donate our time and do all that we do. Visit the page called Cat Laws to help.

See the Rescue of the Three Cubs

 

 

at the end of the video above.

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

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Now at Big Cat Rescue March 14 2015

Now at Big Cat Rescue March 14 2015

Big Cat Walkabout March 14 2015

The first few minutes are sounds you might not have ever heard a tiger make, as Amanda Tiger does Operant Conditioning w/ Olga, our guest from Spain. After being away for a few days, Carole goes around checking on cats and takes note of what the volunteers and interns have been doing. Rare footage of Vern at Family Dinner too.

Reisa Cougar Paw Project

Reisa Cougar Paw Project

Reisa Cougar Paw Project

Reisa Cougar’s paws were butchered when she was a cub that was sold as a pet to a drug dealer in NY. Our vet takes a look at her paws today to see what can be fixed.

 

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Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 13 2015

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 13 2015

Fun Photos on Friday the 13th

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Andi Bobcat up in her tree at Big Cat Rescue

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Vernon Stairs posts new tour sign at Big Cat Rescue

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Little Dove Bobcat peeks out of her den at Big Cat Rescue

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Natasha Lynx enjoys a spice bag a few weeks ago at Big Cat w

Aspen Echo Cougar strikes a pose at Big Cat Rescue

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Aspen Echo looks so regal in front of her cave den at Big Cat Rescue

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Do you look at your cat, with half closed eye, to show your love?

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Tonga the White Serval still doing well, years after cancer was removed from his nose.

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Tonga the White Serval gets ready for his role as the Easter Bunny

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Mickey the cougar, who had torn ACLs in both back legs will get second surgery soon.

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Mickey the cougar has improved in his ability to use the knee repaired by Dr. Callum Hay.

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A big shout out from Mickey Cougar to everyone who helped him get the first surgery.

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…and a plea, from Mickey Cougar to help fund the second ACL surgery.

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Angelica Bobcat caught just before breaking into a huge yawn.

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Thurston and Lovey napping in their tree house at Big Cat Rescue.

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Genie Sandcat sees no reason to leave her heated Skippy Bed for the photographer.

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Narla Cougar regrets the cat nip binge from last night at Big Cat Rescue.

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Gale Ingham shows a painting of Windsong Bobcat by Intern Julia Doane.

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Canvas prints of our cats were donated by Vanessa Fernandez & family for sale in our gift shop.

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The gorgeous canvas prints hang in the office as they sell one at a time in the gift shop.

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The eyes over the door are not for sale, but the beautiful leopard on the right is.

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See which ones are still available at www.BigCatRescue.biz

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This is the staff meeting room at Big Cat Rescue.

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Our Keepers all wear radios while on property and these radio speakers are in & on the buildings.

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Jennifer Leon and our Legislative Interns keep this area looking nice where guests are able to speak out for the cats.

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Ariel Bobcat has been moved from rehab to her permanent cage, but is still a little shy.

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Moms and kittens enjoy the expert care by our Interns in the FosteringIsCool.com program.

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Vern uses a drill, found by Dr. Justin and Jamie, to tie on the 9 gauge wires.

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Doing that by hand would just wring your wrists off!

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Vern attaches the sign to the front of the Windsong Memorial Hospital.

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Andi Bobcat does her best hoot owl im-purr-sonation.