Bengali

Bengali

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Bengali

Male Siberian/Bengal Tiger

DOB 6/1/95

Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 12/5/2000

 

A circus commissioned Big Cat Rescue to build him, as well as several other big cats, a 2,000 square foot enclosure with a den, pool, and lots of space to lay out by the lake and soak up the Florida sunshine. They could have sold him into the pet trade or worse, but instead they sent Bengali here.

Bengali used to ride on a horse drawn chariot in the circus. When he arrived we were told that he was very dangerous because he was so confrontational. It is amazing what a change in living conditions have done for this tiger. Since his days are no longer spent on the road living in a cramped transport crate, but rather playing with his giant red ball, soaking in his pool, napping high on top of his jungle gym platform, or chuffing at his visitors, he is a very happy tiger.

Bengali loves operant conditioning sessions. Operant conditioning is a form of training that utilizes positive reinforcement to encourage natural behaviors such as “sit” and “down.” Being able to have cats like Bengali perform these behaviors on command allows our veterinarians to get a much closer and hands off look during routine examinations.

Several years ago Bengali became ill. He had been losing interest in food and was losing weight. Thanks to Bengali’s operant conditioning the vet was able to draw blood from his tail without having to sedate him. His keepers asked Bengali to lay down and kept his focus on food rewards during the entire procedure.

 

 

 

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

See More About Bengali Tiger:

September 2014 Video: Natalia Borrego, a doctoral research student from the University of Miami, conducts a research experiment with Bengali and some of the other tigers around the sanctuary. Turns out, Bengali is one smart feline (but we already knew that)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd1jyaymOhg

See Jamie and Carole build a tunnel to get Bengali Tiger home from “vacation” in this Wildcat Walkabout Video on April 25, 2014 – http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-april-25-2014/

July 2013 Video: Independence Day at Big Cat Rescue! Watch Bengali, Shere Khan & China Doll create some purr-fect artwork to celebrate the 4th of July! *Using non-toxic paint and 4ft x 4ft canvases the tigers had a grrreat time making “art”!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNL-KeDlPAc

Video 45 seconds: Bengali loves his big red ball.  He is working hard trying to get it through the doorway between his two enclosures.  The ball is bigger than the door but Bengali is determined. http://bigcatrescue.org/bengali-the-tiger-tries-to-push-ball/

Photo: Bengali gets a new pool http://bigcatrescue.org/bengali-loves-new-cat-a-tat-and-pool/

December 2008 Video: Bengali has a habit of “playing” with his water bowl which actually means desctroying it.  His water bowl has been replaced a few times, watch this funny video to see how he keeps destroying his water bowl and what the staff has done to try to ‘fix’ the issue.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ro89JLu_I

November 2006 Video: Bengali the tiger gets some new dirt and scratchin’ logs in his enclosure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mir6rAwsTTs

 

Cat Chat 69

Cat Chat 69

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Meet Olga Bellon on Cat Chat Show 69

Olga Bellon gets a crash course in big cat care at Big Cat Rescue to implement in the new big cat facility being built in Spain as part of AAP.  Download the  Lower Res Podcast File here.

More about Big Cat Rescue’s work with AAP Primadomus

Big Cat Rescue was recruited to offer our expertise and guidance in the development of a rescue center in Spain that will be broadening their focus from primates to now include big cats.  AAP Primadomus is located on more than 400 acres in Villena and currently houses a variety of primates that have been rescued from private ownership, circuses, and laboratories. They are now expanding their focus to also rescue countless lions and tigers that are in need across their country.

In an effort to prepare for this project nearly a dozen experts were invited to a symposium that focused on sharing information regarding the proper care of big cats in captivity, emergency protocol development, and enclosure design. Big Cat Rescue President Jamie Veronica and volunteer veterinarian Justin Boorstein travelled to Spain and joined experts from Italy, South Africa, France, Austria, the Netherlands and all across the United Kingdom.

Over the course of three days the team worked tirelessly to provide as much information as possible to the members of not only AAP Primadomus, but its origin center Stitching AAP. Stitching AAP is a rescue center for apes, monkeys and small exotic animals in the Netherlands that was founded more than 35 years ago.

The symposium was a huge success. Big Cat Rescue will continue to work with AAP remotely throughout the development process. We are so pleased to provide assistance to organizations that are saving big cats across the globe!

 

Primadomus Success 2015

Dear all,

It has passed almost 2 years since you came to Villena to help us in this new project for us.

https://www.aap.nl/nl/news/leeuw-reza-staat-al-13-jaar-langs-de-weg

We are very proud to inform you that we finally made this reality and wanted to share it with you, so you can witness from distance the good job we all did! We had to take some time after being able to share graphic info, that’s why I contact you today, but we have had all you in mind during this time.

Last Friday we rescued our 4 first animals. We are very happy to give them a better life in our facilities.
I hope you enjoy!! And of course, you are all welcomed to come to visit us and see it by your own eyes.

Best regards,  Pilar

Amanda the Tiger

Amanda the Tiger

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Amanda

Female Tiger

Born 1/1/96

Rescued 9/28/11

Amanda is the most timid of the three tigers who live together. She is very shy and years after her rescue will still slink away to hide when people approach her enclosure.Although at times she has the opposite reaction and will charge the side of the enclosure and roar. It is unclear if she is doing this to be aggressive or to get a rise out of her keepers for her own entertainment. The reason it is unclear is if when she charges and roars and the keeper stands still and chuffs at her she will chuff back and rub her cheeks and head on the side of the enclosure in a friendly manner.

Amanda is being worked with often through the operant conditioning program to build a trusting relationship between her and her keepers. The operant conditioning program is a critical tool used at the sanctuary to ensure the cats in our care are comfortable and happy.

By rewarding the simple act of approaching an operant trainer to receive a food treat Amanda will overtime begin to associate her human caregivers with a positive experience and thus will become more comfortable with her surroundings.

Amanda-Tiger

Arthur, Andre and Amanda were born in 1996 in New Jersey to be used as pay-to-play photo props.  It never makes sense to breed more cubs to raise money to feed last year’s cats, and the New Jersey facility fell into disrepair and then was shut down after USDA revoked their license following a tiger escape.

In 2003, Wild Animal Orphanage took in the 24 tigers but big cats have big appetites and by 2010 the Wild Animal Orphanage was in bankruptcy.

It took over a year to find permanent homes for all of the cats because it is hard to place a big cat who will cost $10,000 per year in food and vet care.

Amazingly, an anonymous donor couple who had known these tigers as cubs fortuitously stepped in to fund the ongoing care of these three lucky tigers who came to Big Cat Rescue in 2011.

 

 

 

You don’t mess with a tiger at feeding time!

 

 

Read more about the rescue of three tigers from Texas here.

What Do You Do When a Tiger Gets a Belly Ache?

Medical Update May 30, 2015

Amanda Tiger is doing well this morning. We are watching her on the DropCam.

Dr. Helga Blaeyart, VMD DACVS of Blue Pearl did the surgery. Assisted by Dr. Sami Peterson, Dr. Tammy Miller and Dr. Liz Wynn. Three of the vets work at Blue Pearl and our vet, Dr. Wynn works at Ehrlich Road Animal Hospital.

Dr. Miller and Dr. Peterson are eye doctors, so they called in Dr. Blaeyart, who they said was their best surgeon. She worked very quickly and was ultra cautious about leaving any bleeding vessels untied.

The uterus was so huge and so full of pus that it was no easy task. The blood supplies that attached it were as big as your finger, so making sure they were tied off well enough that they wouldn’t allow her to bleed to death internally was a monumental task. There was also the tension of knowing that at any second that whole mess could rupture, spilling pus into Amanda’s abdomen, where it would have poisoned her beyond any antibiotic’s ability to cure. It was like watching a bomb being disarmed while it was strapped to a loved one.

Later, as we put Amanda back in the transport, after surgery, Gale was adjusting the anesthesia tube and asked the vets to feel under Amanda’s chin. They said it feels like her lower jaw bone, had been broken on one side and is just floating in space. They said the ends feel rounded at both ends, as if this was from a very long time ago, and it doesn’t impede her eating, so we probably can’t do anything about it. In the video that Afton will post later you will see that she has white spots, like pimples, all over her spleen.  Again, there probably isn’t much we can do about that either in a 19 year old cat, but the vets will research it more.

MORE About Amanda:

** July 29, 1014 – Video “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – Funny, cute kittens bounce to the music, then Amanda Tiger runs for dinner, Skipper Canada Lynx discovers air conditioning, and a lot more as well.  http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-29-2014/

** July 23, 2014 – Video “Toda at Big Cat Rescue” – The 3 Texas Tigers, Amanda, Andre and Arthur show off how smart they are at dinner time, enrichment is given to Alex Tiger, Simba Leopard, Zeus Tiger and Sundari Leopard. + MORE http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-23-2014/

** January 11, 2014 – Video Andre and Arthur splashing in the pond and Amanda going out to break it up plus video of many more of the cats here. http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-jan-11-2014/

** See Amanda in this St. Patrick’s Day 2014 video creeping and stalking the camera crew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv-RsMjPOwk

** Video – Amanda, Andre & Arthur on Christmas vacation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAxMkeeK7LM

** Photos of cats and pumpkins and trying to get paw prints in the sand of Amanda and her brothers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-28/

** July 26, 2013 Video of a typical day at Big Cat Rescue – The part that wasn’t typical was Amanda the tigress being so mad.  She isn’t on the tour path, because she doesn’t care for most people, but she was really upset after being locked up all day as volunteers built some new platforms for her and her brothers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-july-26-2013/

** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – May 27, 2013 Video Amanda, Arthur and Andre get excited to see dinner coming http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-may-27-2013-memorial-day/

** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – May 5, 2013 Video another video of  dinner time for Amanda, Andre and Arthur the tigers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-may-5-2013/

** A few snapshots including Operant Conditioning with Amanda and her brothers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-nov-6/

** About the rescue of Amanda and her brothers. http://bigcatrescue.org/advocat-news-2011-10/

** More about the rescue of Amanda, Arthur, & Andre: http://bigcatrescue.org/tiger-rescue-2/

** Amanda arrives at Big Cat Rescue and discovers her pool. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-sept-28/

** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” October 9, 2012: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-9-2012-zoning-win/

** Amanda was very shy when she first arrived and hid in her den when people came around: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-sept-16/

** On this “Today at Big Cat Rescue” update see photos of Amanda, Zabu, Skip, Arthur, etc http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-aug-5/

** On this “Today at Big Cat Rescue” update Jen collects Amanda’s poo?? Hmmm Interesting?? http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-2/

** Through Glass Video July 4 2014 http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-5-2014/

** Amanda, Andre, & Arthur enjoying popsicles.

Tigers Amanda, Andre, & Arthur Enjoying Popsicles

Tigers Amanda, Andre, & Arthur Enjoying Popsicles

Zabu

Zabu

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Zabu

White Female Siberian/Bengal Hybrid

DOB 5/15/00

Rescued 5/3/04

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Zabu was born at a circus and roadside zoo in New England that has since closed.

Zabu was raised and housed with Cameron, a male lion, neither of which were spayed or neutered. Leaving these two intact cats together could have had grotesque consequences resulting in the birth of ligers. These genetically mutated cross-breeds are victim to a plethora of birth defects that plague the animal its entire life. These freakish hybrids have become popular, though this is not an animal that would even exist in the wild.

It is important that people understand that by refusing to visit venues with these animals on display, this type of animal abuse can be stopped. White tigers also do not exist in the wild. They can neither hide from attack nor sneak on prey. Man has created the glut of white tigers in captivity today through rampant inbreeding.

Because white tigers are all so deeply inbred, they all carry genetic flaws. Zabu is no exception. She has a shortened upper lip leaving her teeth exposed and unprotected. For every white tiger you may see in captivity, many normal colored tigers have died. Since public demand for the white tiger has driven up prices for them, more and more are being bred. Those that are born “the wrong color” are discarded in various horrific ways.

When Zabu and Cameron were rescued we constructed a large natural enclosure for the two of them to share since they are truly bonded as a couple. Cameron received a vasectomy shortly after his arrival to prevent any cubs from being produced. The two lived together happily for years, however, when Zabu would go into heat Cameron would become possessive over her and aggressive towards keepers. Zabu was spayed in order to curb this behavior which was successful for a few more years.

Cameron reverted to his previous behavior and the decision was made to neuter him, which would mean he would lose his beautiful mane. The loss was merely cosmetic and well worth the price to keep this loving pair together.

While Cameron tries to sleep most of the day away (as lions do in the wild), Zabu is extremely energetic and is always pestering him to play. She’ll often give up on him and just run and jump and play with her big red ball or splash endlessly in her pool. Of course, that’s after she’s tired of playfully stalking her keepers or trying to spray the groups of visitors that stop by.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Carole’s Presentation to Volunteers About White Tigers

 

I’ve been working in the area by Zabu for the past several days and have had the pleasure of hearing tour guides talking about the white tiger issue.  I have heard the amazement in the voices of the guests as they learned that every thing they thought knew about white tigers was wrong.

I have heard guests try to argue the facts or ignore the new information by proclaiming that they still think white tigers are beautiful.  It has given me a new appreciation for what all of you go through when giving tours.  It especially impresses me that some of you, who are still so new to the knowledge yourselves, manage to be firm in your presentations while still being kind to the guests.

This week a thirty year old secret was exposed in Newsweek, the second largest weekly magazine in America. Sharyn Beach exposed it in Britannica Online Encyclopedia in March of this year.  It is the same secret that Big Cat Rescue exposed 11 years ago as the first organization to go public with the truth about the white tiger.

What I knew in 1998 was that people could sell a white tiger cub for $60,000 and just about all of the breeders and dealers and zoos were out to breed them.  I had been to facilities such as the one where Shere Khan was born, and where Modnic, TJ & Bella came from and where Auroara had come from.  What I saw haunted me because I saw many tigers who had horrible deformities;  teeth going in all directions, eyes out on the nose, clubbed feet and lame hips.

These birth defects were primarily in the white tigers, but some of their golden litter mates were affected as well.  I started asking about who the tigers’ parents were, who their siblings were, and discovered that people were inbreeding these cats.  They never used that word, but rather would say “line breeding” or “selective breeding” or they would make outrageous claims about how they had “created” a line of white tigers by choosing the best pairings. In 1998 there were only 200 white tigers world wide.  With Siegfried and Roy promoting white tigers as Royal White Bengal tigers the breeders scurried to meet demand.

Especially complicit were the Cincinnati Zoo & the Nashville Zoo who knew that the origins of white tigers only came from severe inbreeding.  It was common knowledge to breeders that there was an 80% mortality rate.  They should have put an end to it right then and there, but white tigers were a novelty and people would pay to see them.  The accredited zoos, who actually keep pedigrees on their tigers, knew that inbreeding was the only way to increase their probability of getting that money making white cub.

In 1998 I still thought that most of the breeders and dealers out there were just ignorant.  I was a member of AZA and had been attending their conferences and meeting their cat experts to find out what they thought to be best practices.  I thought that if the private sector knew better they would behave better and so I spent a lot of time writing articles for their club called the Feline Conservation Federation.  I was part of their list serve and participated in discussions about exotic cat husbandry in the hopes of helping their cats have better lives.  We had only had the Internet for a couple of years and were still trying to find ways to use it to band all exotic cat owners together for a comprehensive repository of information on best practices.  Our own website had only been up for two years and I was using it as a way of making all of the lessons we had learned available for everyone else.  I figured the reason all of these breeders had so many defective tigers was because they didn’t know that they were all so inbred and they were just making it worse by not keeping records.

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I proposed all of what I knew about white tigers on our website and suggested that we create a registry of all of the cats in the private sector, along with micro chipping, to make sure that no more cats suffered from such terrible birth defects.  I quickly learned that the people making money off the white tigers knew what they were doing and ignored the agony they were inflicting.

About a year later a veterinarian wrote to me after finding our white tiger page on the Internet.  He said that we were the only people telling the truth and that he had the full story because he had been the veterinarian for the Las Vegas duo for many years, as well as the vet for several large zoos.  He had worked with 250 tigers.  He spent 20 years documenting the origins and malpractice involved in breeding white tigers and had never found a way to make his findings publicly known.  The zoos didn’t want anyone to know.  Dr. Dan Laughlin and I spent hours on the phone pouring over the documents he had sent me to convince me of his credentials and his findings.

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We launched his letter on our website which culminated in his statement,

“…every white tiger in the U.S. is not only the result of repeated inbreeding of genetically defective animals but, even worse, is a hybrid or crossbred animal. Thus, anyone involved in breeding and/or exhibiting white tigers is doing a great disservice to honest conservation and preservation efforts to save the five remaining and endangered subspecies of tigers barely clinging to survival…”

We also quoted Ron Tilson, the head of the tiger species survival plan who said,

“The white tiger controversy among zoos is a small part ethics and a large part economics. The tiger Species Survival Plan has condemned breeding white tigers because of their mixed ancestry, most have been hybridized with other subspecies and are of unknown lineage, and because they serve no conservation purpose…”

“However, there is an unspoken issue that shames the very integrity of zoos, their alleged conservation programs and their message to the visiting public. To produce white tigers or any other phenotypic curiosity, directors of zoos and other facilities must continuously inbreed father to daughter and father to granddaughter and so on. At issue is a contradiction of fundamental genetic principles upon which all Species Survival Plans for endangered species in captivity are based. White tigers are an aberration artificially bred and proliferated by some zoos, private breeders and a few circuses who do so for economic rather than conservation reasons.”

Our tour guides began sharing this information with our visitors.  We began writing letters to USDA, state wildlife agencies and to the media to raise awareness about the horrific practice of inbreeding to get white tigers.

The breeders, dealers, zoos and circus acts who were profiting from white tigers saw us as public enemy number one.  There was no way they could prove the outrageous stories they were promoting about how these cats came from hidden islands, or were the product of their animal husbandry genius.  If anyone looked beyond the image in front of them, they would find out the truth and that would mean the end of their profits.  White tiger sales began to plummet, both from the over abundance of animals born and because more people were becoming aware of the inbreeding.  I have seen white tiger cubs selling for as little as $1000.00.  I have lost track of the number of adults who were offered to us for free and sometimes people even offering to pay us to take them so they could make space for more cubs.

Zabu the White Tiger

Zabu the White Tiger

The people who went from making $60,000 for a white cub to only $1000 for a white cub have no excuse for what they do.  The only thing they can do is to try and discredit us.  That is why they are always attacking us, and me in particular.

The breeders and dealers seem to spend all their time talking trash about me.  Little do they realize that it is actually helping us show the world what kind of person would breed white tigers.

Thanks to the pressure that Big Cat Rescuers have kept on them, the AZA came out with a policy statement against breeding white tigers fairly recently, even though they do not yet enforce it strongly.

It is so exciting to me to see that we have persevered through more than a decade of trying to get the world to see that breeding white tigers (especially) is cruel and unconscionable.  To see Britannica and Newsweek running stories that tell the truth is a HUGE win!  This was the headline caption for the Newsweek story this past week, “Bred for profit, the animals are often cruelly deformed by inbreeding.”  The only reason the truth is being exposed is because of you.  No one else was willing to take on the Goliath of zoos, circuses and Las Vegas.  The day is coming when no more tigers will be purposely inbred to create a freak for the paying public.  That day is coming because Big Cat Rescuers won’t give up until it does.

See More About Zabu, the White Tigress:

See Chris & Gale setting up Piñatas for Cameron and Nikita the lions and Zabu the white tiger in this Wildcat Walkabout Video on April 25, 2014 – http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-april-25-2014/

 

Web Cam Cats

Web Cam Cats

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Big Cat Rescue Cats Belong on Camera

With about 100 cats of 10 species, Big Cat Rescue always has something interesting going on and we want to share it with the world.  Our limitations have been the high cost of outdoor cameras and enough bandwidth to make it viable.  At the bottom of this page is a map and a video of potential camera locations.

Vacation Rotation Enclosure

The Vacation Rotation enclosure is 2.5 acres where we rotate different lions, tigers and cougars for two week vacations.  At the 18 second mark, if you can imagine being about 15 feet up in the air and looking down at the tiger, is where I would put a web cam so the pond and fountain are up front.  It happens to be the point closest to Internet, which is about 75 feet away.

 

Every two weeks the new cat or cats move in, so there is always a lot of activity that day and then typically a lot of exploring in the early morning and evening hours.  During the heat of the day, it will be cats snoozing, but I could watch that all day.

 

Max and Mary Ann

Max and Mary Ann are two young bobcats who were rescued from different situations, but were young enough to introduce.  Now their favorite spot to be is on top of one of their platforms within just inches of the side wall of the cage.  A camera on the side or above them would have a lot of action in about a 3 foot square space, as that is their favorite spot to groom, play and nap.

Warning, the music will stay in your head the rest of the day.

 

TJ Tiger Pond

TJ the tiger has a 2+ acre enclosure that goes down into our lake.  One of his favorite places to lay is on the lake bank and he loves to splash in the lake.  The camera could be place at the same vantage point from where this was filmed, as we were up on a cat walk above him.

 

Windsong Memorial Hospital

We have a drop cam in the Windsong Memorial, directly over the operation table.

At the 40 second mark in this video you can see the inside of the hospital. At the 3:09 mark, you can see the ceiling where there is a cut out to the loft above.  This is where the camera has the best view of the surgery.

 

Feeding Time at Big Cat Rescue

One of the things people never get tired of seeing is the cats being fed.  The cats are all fed in small wire enclosures because we have to train them to come into a small space for vet exams and emergencies.  It’s not a very interesting spot, except around 9 am every day, but then it can be just amazing to see and hear a cat crunching through bones.  Probably the best place for a camera would be one of the 3 feeding areas attached to the Vacation Rotation area above because it would always have a different big cat and would be about 300 feet from the other VR camera.

 

Bobcat Rehab Area

You can find out more about our Bobcat Rehab area and see photos and videos of what we capture on CCTVs here: http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/

In this video you can see the hospital room where Journey will be moving and then the outdoor rehab cage.

 

Current DropCam

Next week we will be moving this family to a room in our West Boensch Cat Hospital.  When Journey the bobcat kitten is old enough he and his family will be moved out to the Bobcat Rehab area.

 

Logistics

This is an aerial shot of our property, outlined in green.  The red area is the Vacation Rotation area and Intern housing.  Intern housing is on the left 1/3 and the VR is the other 2/3’s of that space.  At the bottom right you can see the cell tower that is paying rent to be on our property, but has no dishes on it.  They have removed most of the supportive gear, generators, etc., so I don’t think they have plans for the site any time soon.  Nextel built it, but a new company pays us rent now.  I’ll find out who, if this helps get us better coverage.  We have Verizon FIOS through our property at 10 spots (all buildings).

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Below is a video where I walked around today and shot the areas that I think would make for the best web cam experiences.

 

Web Cam Locations

Green is our boundary.  Red is the Vacation Rotation area.

1. Vacation Rotation 15 feet up w/ view of entire enclosure

2. Vacation Rotation feeding areas

3.  TJ Tiger lake bank

4.  Max and Mary Ann the Bobcats on their platform

5.  Rehab (actually further to the right in a 3 ac parcel adjacent

6.  Kitten Cabana for domestic kittens that are always between 6-8 weeks of age

7.  Vacation Rotation for small cats that is under construction

8.  Nakita Lioness from 15 feet up in the corner of the open area

9.  Cat Hospitals (one for surgeries, the other for rehab)

10.  Alternate feeding station that looks into the cypress bayou for TJ tiger

Arthur the Tiger

Arthur the Tiger

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Male Tiger

Born 1/1/96

Rescued 9/28/11

Arthur the tiger at Big Cat Rescue

Arthur is social with his keepers, however he keeps his guard up at times. He settled in soon enough as it is hard to resist the charm of the volunteers who bring treats to their newest charges.

Arthur loves his brother Andre dearly and the two are often found cuddled up in the same den or lounging together in one of their pools. Arthur is the dominant tiger in the group and shows off his fierce attitude at dinner time. We can only guess the feeding situation of their previous home, but from they way these three tigers act it seems they may have had to fight over food at times.

All three tigers are so aggressive when it comes to food they have to be separated. While each has their own feeding lock out that they are fed in, if they are not separated into different enclosures as well they will run back and forth through the enclosures to steal one another’s food resulting in fights.

Hopefully they will one day understand that food is plentiful here and there is no need for a frenzy when it comes to dinner time.
Arthur, Andre and Amanda were born in 1996 in New Jersey to be used as pay-to-play photo props.  It never makes sense to breed more cubs to raise money to feed last year’s cats, and the New Jersey facility fell into disrepair and then was shut down after USDA revoked their license following a tiger escape.

In 2003, Wild Animal Orphanage took in the 24 tigers, but big cats have big appetites and by 2010 the Wild Animal Orphanage was in bankruptcy.

It took over a year to find permanent homes for all of the cats because it is hard to place a big cat who will cost $10,000 per year in food and vet care.

Amazingly, an anonymous donor couple who had known these tigers as cubs fortuitously stepped in to fund the ongoing care of these three lucky tigers who came to Big Cat Rescue in 2011.

 

 

Read more about the rescue of three tigers from Texas here.