Cypress the Rehab Bobcat Update
Cypress the bobcat was rescued on January 4, 2014 and has been recovering in the West - Boensch Cat Hospital for these past 7 weeks. She had been resisting eating whole prey items, such as rats and chicks, so we were getting worried that she would never switch off the ground diet we have been giving her to the real prey items that she would have to eat in the wild. We couldn't let her lose her ability to recognize prey and insisted that she eat what wild bobcats eat, but maybe Cypress knew best because Read More
In this 30 minute wild cat walkabout, Dr. Justin and Jamie Veronica check in on Cypress the bobcat, volunteers release Armani Leopard back out to her enclosure after a polyp had been removed from her throat the day before, Cleo Serval got fluids and B-12 and Thiamine injections, the Lynx brothers got hay, Little Feather Bobcat just looks too cute, Zabu the White Tiger takes time with her dinner, and Jamie gives Shere Khan the tiger his pills.
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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
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In this Keeper Walkabout the first 20 minutes are:
Armani the leopard going from the Cat Hospital back out to be reunited with her sister Jade.
We rescued 5 newborn kittens and Jamie gives them a health check and makes sure they are all nursing well before handing off to the interns to raise.
Jamie and Jo take the afternoon shift feeding kittens because Jamie wants to see if syringes will work better than bottles.
Gale builds a rolling metal cabinet.
Cleo the Serval is doing that weird neck arching Read More
Banjo was used in classroom presentations by Wildlife Educators of America in Castaic, CA and was sent here when it was discovered that he was a he and not a she.
He was Staff Member Vern’s favorite animal here and since Vern builds the enclosures, Banjo has one of the biggest. Banjo was also a favorite of tour guests. His unusual appearance and even more unusual scent of popcorn amazes the crowd. Even though Banjo has an enormous enclosure, he always hangs out in the Read More
Update: 3/11/14: Thanks to our wonderful SkipAHolics, who keep a constant eye on our hospitalized cats, we were able to detect that Cypress the bobcat was straining to defecate again. She went in to Ehrlich Road Animal Hospital to be examined and it was clear that she is never going to heal properly and be able to pass food; not even the ground diet she's been getting. The only humane option was to euthanize her while she was asleep.
Tributes to her brief, but inspiring life, are here: https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/cypress-bobcat
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Happy Valentine's Day!
News from Tiger Nation
With the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London, hosted by the UK Government, the brainchild of both Prince Charles and Prince William, and alongside senior officials from across the globe, let us all hope that they can get some concrete action on stopping the catastrophic toll on our planet’s flora and fauna. According to new research carried out by TRAFFIC, parts of 1537 Tigers have been seized in illegal trade across 13 Tiger range countries in the 14 years between 2000 and Read More
Note from Big Cat Rescue President, Jamie Veronica, to the Interns:
Tonight I dropped off new foster kittens at the Modglin and Himalayan Houses.
It was a litter of 5 that were dumped at Animal Services and rescued by the Humane Society of Tampabay today. All about 10 days old.
The litter was split into two groups;
Modglin got Benson (black male), Eli (white tabby male with white back feet), and Carli (white tabby female with black spots on the bottoms of her back feet)
Himalayan got Abigail (black female) and Dee Dee (white tabby female)
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Female Siberian Lynx
DOB 5/5/93 - 2/2/15
Natasha (on left) was rescued, along with 27 other cats, from a fur farm. She cost more than any of the other cats because she is exquisitely beautiful. She has survived poisoning and a very scary seizure in 1996. She was diagnosed with heart worms in 1997 and recovered very slowly. We had never seen heartworms in the exotic cats, and as a result of her infestation have made it a policy to treat all of Big Cat Rescue’s animals with Ivermectin, which is a Read More
Armani the Leopard Goes to the Vet
Armani the leopard has been on the observation chart four times in four months for choking on her food, but this time it's serious and she has to be rushed in to the vet. See what Big Cat Rescuers do to save her life. Unless you are a big cat vet, you will see something in this video that you have NEVER seen before! Read More