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Joseph

    JOSEPH Lion DOB 8/19/98 Rescued 10/21/07 Joseph the lion was rescued along with several other lions and tigers who had been bred to be used as photo and ego props.   Sponsor Joseph http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/servlet/the-1001/Lion-Sponsorship/Detail   A Lion Pride of a Different Stripe   It took the combined efforts of USDA, undercover agents and concerned citizens seven years to shut down Diana McCourt (aka Cziraky) and her Siberian Tiger Foundation. It wasn’t until her Read More

Posted in How To Start A Sanctuary, itunes, Videos | 4 comments

Feeding Kittens and Cubs

Feeding Wild Cat Kittens and Cubs   There is no substitute that is as good as a cat's own mother. Big Cat Rescue has evolved since its inception in 1992. By 1997 we had seen enough of the abuse and abandonment caused by the pet trade that we had previously engaged in to know that there was no reason to breed exotic animals for lives in cages. As a result we increased our efforts through spaying, neutering and cage building to ensure that we would no longer be a part of the problem. As we have continued to learn about the causes of so much Read More

Posted in Breeding, Caracals, Cougars, itunes, News @ BCR, Rescues, Servals, Tigers, Videos | 12 comments

JoJo

http://youtu.be/92ao7chHllY   Meet Jo Jo the Caracal Serval Hybrid   I first met JoJo the Caracal / Serval hybrid at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2005 after a hurricane had taken down the perimeter fencing and dumped piles of deadfall on the cages. The owner, Dirk Neugebohm, had ended up in the hospital with a heart attack from trying to clean the mess up by himself. He wrote from what he thought was his deathbed back then to anyone and everyone he could think of asking for help; and Read More

Posted in How To Start A Sanctuary, itunes, Videos | 0 comments

Restraint

RESTRAINT You will find many times when it is necessary to pick up and restrain an exotic cat, and hopefully, you will have started acclimating the cat to this behavior early in life. If the cat is small and can be picked up from behind, it is better than taking on the cat face to face. With a tame cat, you can place one hand around the middle of his body, then reach your fingers up from under the chest to cross and hold the front paws. This is critical if he has claws and just cuts down on the squirming if he does not. Keep your index finger between Read More

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Sabre

  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 Read More

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Cat Chat 44

Tammy Thies, the Founder and Executive Director of the Wildcat Sanctuary is our guest and is interviewed by Volunteer, Kathryn Quaas, due to poor Internet connectivity in Sandstone, MN. http://youtu.be/SNitL-bECWY Audio file This is an example of the clever videos you can see at the Wildcat Sanctuary's YouTube Channel. http://youtu.be/EDE7WuQyCfA Playlist of Cat Chat Show videos Find the Cat Chat Show in iTunes Find the Cat Chat Show on Libsyn Read More

Posted in Cougars, Rescues, Videos | 10 comments

Reise

http://youtu.be/92ao7chHllY Her name is pronounced RYE-zuh and is German for Journey and it certainly is appropriate for a cougar who was born into the pet trade in 1995 in Texas, was shipped to New York and then traveled to a rescue center in South Florida before taking the last road trip, at the age of 18, to her forever home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. This folder of images will be updated as they come in from the Big Cat Rescue team. From a former volunteer: Hello! Here is some basic information about Reise the cougar and Read More
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