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The Great Pretender

Male Bobcat DOB 4/30/92 Rescued 10/15/92 The Great Pretender came to Big Cat Rescue at the same time and as a litter mate to Precious. We named him the Great Pretender because he always pretended to be so "bad" when he was little. Unfortunately, once he was full grown he wasn’t just pretending anymore. He does not care for people much and actually grew to be quite aggressive especially at feeding time. This changed dramatically after he began to participate in operant conditioning sessions. He is much calmer when being fed which in Read More

Posted in Canadian Lynx, Rescues, Videos | 3 comments

Skipper

Male Canada lynx Appx. 1/1/07 Rescued 5/5/13   Skipper's age is unknown. He had been purchased along with Gilligan at an auction. Skipper had the largest cage measuring about 5' x 30'. He had a small plastic dog house and a plastic shelf precariously attached to the side of his cage. A large rabbit carcass lay rotting in the corner of his cage and the entire cage was just as dirty as the others, feces lying everywhere and urine soaked straw. Big Cat Rescuers entered Skipper's cage with nets in hand and a large transport crate. Read More

Posted in Canadian Lynx, Rescues, Videos | 3 comments

Gilligan

Male Canada lynx Appx. 1/1/07 Rescued 5/5/13   Gilligan's age is unknown. He was purchased along with Skipper at an auction. Gilligan had the tiniest cage measuring 5' x 7'. It was also the dirtiest of all of the cages. The mud floor was not mud, but feces covered with a sprinkling of straw. It appeared as though Gilligan had tried to keep much of his waste confined to one area on top of his plastic dog house. He had perched atop the house day after day to defecate. The large pile of feces cascaded out of the side of his cage. Read More

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Purr-sonality

Female Serval DOB 1/1/95 As with many of the servals we have at Big Cat Rescue, PURRsonality seems to enjoy the daily attention she gets from her volunteer keepers. She eagerly plays with any enrichment items that are given to her to break up the monotony of life in captivity. She can be seen batting spice bags around and rubbing and rubbing them until the scent has completely disappeared. As with most of our servals, this is the type of playful, non-threatening behavior you’ll see from them during the daytime. But, feeding time is a Read More

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Levi

Male Bobcat DOB 4/30/95 Rescued 6/6/95 Levi came to live at Big Cat Rescue in 1995 along with 10 other Bobcats who were destined to be the next year’s fur coat harvest. Our Co-Founder had stumbled upon a facility in Omaha Nebraska that was raising Bobcats and Canadian Lynx for the purpose of harvesting the cats for their fur.   In order to spare these cats, all of them were purchased from the breeder and brought to live at the sanctuary.   Levi was neutered and now lives with Tiger Lilly.   Levi Read More

Posted in Rescues, Servals, Videos | 8 comments

Nala Serval

Female Serval DOB appx 1/1/10 Rescued 1/5/13   A man called on Dec. 13 and I called him back the same day and told him we would take his father’s serval if he would contract to never own another exotic cat. On the first call he said that his dad was in the hospital and not expected to survive. I told him all of the rules for us taking the cat and he agreed, but then I didn’t hear from him for 20 days. Meanwhile, on Dec 18 we were asked by USDA to take 2 bobcats from a Donna White, but I never have been able to connect Read More

Posted in itunes, Leopards, Rescues, Videos | 8 comments

Sabre

Male Leopard DOB 3/1/92 Rescued 7/20/95 Sabre was 3 years old when he arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 7/20/95. Though he was only supposed to be here temporarily, his former owner moved and left no forwarding address. This could have been another sad ending as most are in the exotic pet world. Luckily, we had taken Sabre in and he will have a home here for life. He is very playful and fun loving and always has a mischievous look on his face. He loves to act very silly, running about his cat-a-tat and jumping on top of his mountain Read More

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Sheena

Female Serval DOB 2/1/2003 Rescued 6/26/14     Sheena's owner was unwilling to meet the standards required to keep her so she was surrendered to the state of Ohio. Will you help Sheena? http://www.razoo.com/story/Sheena-Serval-Rescue In 2003 John Babb of Berea, Kentucky shipped an 8 week old serval kitten to a woman in Ohio, who named her Sheena. (The breeder's website boasts that he is still selling serval kittens to pet owners in the U.S. for $6,000 and abroad for $9,000.) Fast forward 11 years... After Read More

Posted in Memorials, Sand Cats, Videos | 11 comments

Canyon

  CANYON Male Sand Cat DOB 7/27/00 Arrived at Big Cat Rescue  10/23/00 DOD 12/5/14 It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our beloved sandcat Canyon has died. On December 5th, volunteers reported that he seemed to be having a seizure. Jamie and Carole were immediately called to the scene where staff members were already gathering nets and blankets. Jamie saw that Canyon was on his side, and didn't appear to be breathing so she ran into his enclosure and began giving him chest compressions. When Carole went Read More

Posted in Bobcats, Canadian Lynx, News @ BCR, Servals, Siberian Lynx, Tigers, Working with Cats | 2 comments

Now at Big Cat Rescue Dec 11 2014

Arizona the Serval is 25 years old but had to be spayed today due to a tumor in her uterus. Reisa Cougar welcomes back her neighbor, Natasha the Siberian Lynx, after her chemotherapy. Natasha the Siberian Lynx is glad to be back home after her chemotherapy for a tumor in her throat. Skipper the Canada Lynx gets sub q fluids to help him pass a blockage. Skipper the Canada Lynx gets sub q fluids to help him pass a blockage.   Skipper the Canada Lynx gets sub q fluids to help him pass a blockage.   Thurston Read More