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  BANSHEE Male Bobcat Rescued 11/13/98   Banshee was a pet, but when his owner had business out of the country she asked if she could board him here at Big Cat Rescue. She came and stayed two days with him to make sure that he was comfortable and left him with all his favorite toys. She cried and cried at the thought of leaving him and assured us she would be back in a couple months. In September of 1999 she wrote and said that a Bobcat was no longer a feasible pet for her at this time and that she would be leaving Banshee Read More

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ANGIE Female Bobcat DOB 1/1/93 Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 1/9/98 Angie's owner brought her and two cougars to Easy Street in January of 1998 saying that his county had changed their ordinances on keeping wildlife and asked if we would look after them while he moved and built new cages.   After being here nearly two years, we went ahead and built her a new cat-a-tat and as you can see from the photo she is enjoying her new found freedom.   Angie the Bobcat Goes to the Dentist   Angie Read More

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  ANGELICA Female Bobcat DOB 9/6/1995 Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 5/14/10   Angelica a female bobcat was rescued in May of 2010 because her owner was in foreclosure and unable to keep her any longer. Despite having the intention of caring for Angelica for her entire life, personal circumstances had changed and this little bobcat became a victim to them. Luckily we had the space and took her in. We also contracted with her owner to prohibit her from obtaining an exotic cat as a pet ever again. By requiring owners Read More

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ANDI Female Bobcat DOB 4/22/97 Arrived at Big Cat Rescue  11/30/01 Andi and her two mates, a male and female bobcat, were bred for display at the Tennessee National Zoo, but were never used because they were very shy and hid from the public. The three bobcats grew up together in a holding facility at the zoo. When we rescued Nikita the lioness, the zoo asked Big Cat Rescue to take the three bobcats as well. The male, Rocky, was neutered and the trio lived together for many years at the sanctuary. Sadly Rocky passed away Read More

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Fishing Cat Facts

Fishing Cat Common Name: Fishing Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Prionailurus) Species: viverrinus Misc.: This is yet another example of a cat that disproves the misconception that cats don’t like water. This cat received its Latin name from its civet-like appearance (the viverridae family) from Bennet (1833) who first described the Fishing Cat scientifically. Size and Appearance: A stock and powerfully built cat, with short legs, a big broad head Read More

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Snow Leopard Facts

Snow Leopards   Common Name: Snow Leopard Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Pantherinae Uncia Species: uncia   Misc.: This species, like the clouded leopard, is one of those that is somewhere between the small cats and the great cats in that it can’t purr like the small cats and it can’t roar like the true great cats. It makes a happy sound similar to the tiger's chuffing.   Its greatest threats are the hunting of its main prey species Read More

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Leopard Facts

Leopard   Common Name: Leopard Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Pantherinae Panthera Species: pardus (asian) Sub-species: (Not all listed, these are the most common)   Javan leopard - P.p. melas Amur leopard - P.p. orientalis Indian leopard - P.p. fusca North Chinese leopard - P.p. japonensis Somali leopard - P.p. nanopardus Zanzibar leopard - P.p. adersi Sinai leopard - P.p. jarvisi Sri Lankan leopard - P.p. kotiya Barbary leopard - Read More

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Margay Facts

MARGAY Common Name: Margay Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Leopardus) Species: wiedii Misc.: Of all of the felines, the Margay is most adapted for a true arboreal life. It is the only cat to possess the ability to rotate its hind legs 180° , enabling it to run head first down trees like squirrels. It can also hang from a branch by one hind foot! Sub-species: Size and Appearance: This cat is often confused with its near relatives the Ocelot and Read More

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Sassyfrass Cougar

  Sassyfrass Male Cougar DOB  1/1/1998 Rescued  11/17/2010 Sponsor Sassyfrass   If only they could speak to us in a language that we understand.  Then we might know the horrors they have survived and be more inclined to protect others from enduring their fate.   I'll share with you what I do know and hope that will inspire you to help these cougars and to do all you can to end the trade in exotic cats.   Back in the Read More

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  ZEUS Male Siberian Lynx DOB 5/1/97 Rescued 6/24/97   Zeus arrived at Big Cat Rescue from the same fur farm as Willow. He and Apollo, another fur farm survivor, share a large habitat across from the lake. Although, you would not normally find two adult male Lynxes living together in the wild, in captivity this is actually a form of enrichment. They play together, groom each other, stalk ducks together and even sleep curled up next to each other. They have a habit of puffing air out of their noses when agitated, especially Read More
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