Master keeper Gale discusses Mickey the cougar’s release and rehabilitation on this episode of #DailyBigCat.
Toronto Jays and Wall Street Journal
At least the Jays had the good sense to take down the photos, once they found out that people who love animals think this is nothing more than animal abuse. Big cat cubs belong with their mothers. They aren’t ego props. Shame on the WSJ for not doing a simple Internet search on the subject of pay to play cubs before condoning this cruelty.
Back in the 90’s we were home to three snow leopards, but Florida is no place for a cat who was designed to live above the permafrost line, so we built air conditioned caves for them. They were zoo surplus to the Species Survival Plan, but we do not believe in breeding cats for lives in cages, so we kept them separate. Vern converted a big freezer box; the kind you see on semi tractors, into a 3 compartment den with air conditioning that ran 24/7. He covered the trailer body with concrete work, made to look like rocks. The a/c blowing in the dens also made the rocks cool to the touch, so the snow leopards could be outside, but stay cool, as well.
The last of our snow leopards passed away in 2011 and when we shut off the air conditioner it was with the belief that it would never be used again. Snow leopards almost never end up in the exotic cat trade and the only other cat that might require such cooling would be Canada Lynx, but they too, are so rare and so fragile, that they rarely end up in backyards and basements. When we received a call in 2013 that there were two Canada Lynx who had been abandoned in Kansas, we just figured they had been misidentified and would turn out to be bobcats.
If you followed us during that rescue then you know that Skipper and Gilligan did turn out to be Canada Lynx and came home with us, along with their companions, Lovey, Thurston, Mary Ann the bobcats and Ginger the serval. During quarantine we discovered that Skipper and Gilligan had hook worms and they were treated, but their cages were now contaminated and would have to undergo extensive treatment with salt to kill any of the worms in the soil. Once we were sure that Skipper and Gilligan were no longer hosting the parasites we began to prepare the old snow leopard enclosures for them, so that they could have access to the air conditioned dens.
Skipper moved first and now Gilligan is joining him.
Gale had to use a LOOOOONG rope on the door to Gilligan’s feeding lockout because he would spook and run at the slightest hint that she may shut the door. Once she trapped him in the feeding lockout, the volunteers and interns brought the transport cage and lined it up to the guillotine door.
Usually we can cover the cage we want the cats to go in with a sheet and they will seek refuge in the dark. That allows us to drop the door and secure them in the carrying case. It worked with Gilligan, but a tree had grown in the worst possible spot and we couldn’t line the door up to be flush. Gale used the sheet to trick Gilligan into thinking it was a wall, but when push comes to shove, and we have to get the door in place there were a few tense moments when we thought he might bolt out toward her.
There isn’t any footage of that because we had to drop the camera to help secure the door of the crate.
Gilligan was then driven to the West – Boensch (pronounce bench) Cat Hospital where he was weighed for future reference and taken to his new enclosure. He weighs 33 pounds. Once released into his new cat-a-tat, Gilligan was a little nervous. Skipper got up on his high platform next door so he could watch all the action. Within a few minutes though Gilligan was checking out his new air conditioned den, his platforms and all the fun, new stuff to do and explore.
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Jade the leopard grooms herself. A first peek at an new serval rescue named Sheena. Nik the tiger is moved next door to Joseph the lion. Sundari the leopard is moved in the rain. Raindance and Anasazie the bobcats like the bear claw back scratcher, but Gilligan the Canada Lynx does not. Lovey and Thurston the bobcats wake from a nap at the sound of approaching food carts. Levi the bobcat is still looking good. Narla Cougar takes a bath. Sabre the black leopard looks great just a few days after his surgery. More kittens rescued for fostering and then adoption. Volunteers clear out an area with some clever landscaping. Jamie, Gale and Chelsea discuss ways to improve the Intern program.
Cody the Intern is giving the opportunity to lure Nik the tiger into a transport wagon.
As Cody lures Nik in, Gale shuts the door.
Interns watch and learn and one day may be able to move a tiger, if they progress through the program.
Interns help push Nik the tiger into position at his new Cat-a-Tat next to Joseph the lion.
The Texas tigers, in the back ground, come check out the new tiger in town.
Jamie is the person who usually steers the transports as she has to be able to think backward and push hard.
Serendipity the domestic cat gets spayed and will soon go to her new forever home.
No sooner had we caught Sundari the leopard to move her, it began to pour down rain.
Nik the tiger gets to go for a ride on his way to the reunion with his old buddy Joseph the lion.
If a tree falls in the woods and there is only a tiger to hear it, did it make a sound? Ask Shere Khan.
Reisa, Ares and Narla Cougars say “Hello.”
A kitten goes to the vet after chewing the nipple off his bottle and Jamie has to dig through the poo to find it.
Great Canada Lynx vocalizations in this video by Gilligan at dinner time and we check in with Skipper who is feeling better. Jungle Cat vocalizations too, by Rambo.
Some rare video of Nico the Geoffroy Cat, and Diablo the hybrid, and extremely rare footage of Genie the Sandcat. King Tut the hybrid chows down on raw meat.
Cybil Serval says it is way too cold (64 degrees on May 3) and Serengetti, Kalahari, Nairobi and Desiree Servals go nuts because it is dinner time. So does Nikita Tiger. Max and Mary Ann Bobcats play and pounce and pace for dinner. Check out some of the cutest bobcat bellies you will ever see, when Apache does his thing and Divinity pees on their toys.
Regina spends her S.A.V.E. award on toys for Sassyfrass Cougar and Simba Leopards.
Sassy, Mac, Cody and Tobi Cougars get ramps for their platforms; built and installed by the Holley’s. Gale asks them to build a special platform for Tommy Girl the bobcat who is pretty much blind. Some nice footage of her.
The Bravo fence guys come and fix a gate and more of our donor inscribed bricks are turned into an entrance to the sanctuary. Reisa Cougar chirps, as Tonga the white serval takes a bath. Canyon Sandcat hisses from inside his barrel. Ocelots, Amazing Grace and Nirvana come out to see what is happening. Little Feather turns 21 and gets a doll house.
Simba Leopard is acting friendly while Interns and Volunteers are working in Cameron and Zabu’s enclosure. Sundari Leopard is on vacation and we see her exploring after dark on a night cam.
More Lynx Vocalizations
This footage of Canada Lynx fighting was not at Big Cat Rescue. Our Canada Lynx do not have to share a cage.
Idaho’s vicious war on wolves now threatens to devastate another endangered species: the Canada lynx.
The state’s keeping it quiet, but endangered lynx are dying because of the state-sponsored explosion of wolf trapping. There are just 100 of the beautiful cats left alive in the state, and they won’t last long if the illegal killing goes on.
To kill as many wolves as possible, Idaho isn’t just spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on sharpshooters and helicopters; the state has also dramatically ramped up the number of leghold, snare and body-crushing traps strewn across its landscape. The number of trapping licenses has skyrocketed from 1,114, before wolves were stripped of federal protection, to 1,943 in 2013.
It’s illegal to trap or kill lynx because they’re a federally protected species. Yet Idaho is ramping up trapping licenses to kill more wolves, bobcats, coyotes and other species knowing that lynx will get caught as well — in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
This level of trapping is deeply unsustainable. It may wipe out all the state’s lynx. And it will only get worse if we don’t stop it now.
The Center has formally notified Governor Butch Otter we’ll sue if the state doesn’t stop killing lynx — and that’s exactly what we’ll do. But we’ll need your help to win what’s bound to be a difficult legal challenge.
For the wild,
Center for Biological Diversity
Shere Khan Tiger is still mourning the loss of China Doll. Jade & Armani Leopards pose for the camera. Thuston and Lovey Bobcats cuddle up in their tree house. Gilligan watches Skipper the Canada Lynx get caught and taken to the vet, a water moccasin threatens Gale and Pharaoh the white serval, JoJo the Caravel is up on this platform and Rusty and Sassy Caracals are snuggled in the bush. Ginger Serval is on the prowl.
There are some great vocalizations by Running Bear and Little White Dove in this one, as well as some cats you don’t see very often due to their shy nature.
Great article about why it is bad to breed white tigers and Big Cat Rescue is quoted and linked.
YOU DID IT! Washington’s Senate Bill 6287 is Dead!
Washington state Senators Brian Dansel and Don Benton authored a bill to force the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to allow trophy hunters to use hounds to kill cougars for fun.
The bill died in the Senate on February 18th. Washington’s cougars and hounds can sleep a little safer. To everyone who shared the alert and contacted legislators: Thank you for helping us stop this cruel and unnecessary legislation!…. continue reading
Tuesday, March 18, 3-4:30 pm ET
Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, DABVP, Senior Director, Shelter Medicine Programs, ASPCA
Feline distemper, panleukopenia, feline parvovirus — no matter what name you know it by, this is a disease of tremendous importance.
Panleukopenia is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause serious, even fatal, illness in infected cats. Although panleuk can be a problem year-round, the busy spring and summer months bring more kittens and a greater risk of the disease. Panleuk’s severity, the ease with which it is spread and its persistence in the environment, make it a significant infectious concern for all cats in animal shelters.
In this free, 90-minute webinar, we’ll provide the basics on panleukopenia to help you minimize the risk and impact on cats in your care. Our discussion will focus on preventive strategies and developing solid protocols for management in animal shelters and foster homes. Plus, you’ll receive a brief overview of panleuk treatment options too.
This program was reviewed and attendance at the live session has been approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.5 hours of continuing education for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians. The ASPCA is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. If you attend the live webinar in full you will receive directions on how to access a RACE and NYS certificate of attendance.