Cheetaro arrived at Big Cat Rescue in November 2003 from a roadside zoo. Cheetaro was confined to a corn crib with his mate and bred constantly so that his cubs could be sold. They braved the New England winters together where a chill factor of -18 degrees wasn’t unusual. They had no way to escape the sleet and snow. They had only the shelter of the corn crib’s tin roof and a box. They had no choice but to survive by enduring their fate together. When the roadside zoo closed in 2003, Cheetaro’s mate was sold off and Cheetaro, being male and of no value, was sent to Big Cat Rescue. Here he lays lazily in the sun on top of his den, or can hang out on his platform, but he has forever been separated from the mate he loved.
One of the wiliest cats at the sanctuary, he spends hours stalking visitors from his shaded cat-a-tat. Like all leopards, he excels at sneaking up on people when their backs are turned. The keepers are always very aware of where Cheetaro happens to be whenever they clean his area or prepare his food.
We can never make up for the previous life he had to endure, but we try every day to make life as enriching as we possibly can for him.
Cheetaro Leopard Has a Seizure
February 24, 2015 Gale reports that Cheetaro Leopard is “down” in his cage (meaning unresponsive) and the vets are called. Dr. Boorstein heads in from across town at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay where he works, and Carole and Jamie come in to help Gale and Jarred give Cheetaro fluids and to keep him near the side of his cage, where the vet can get to him when he arrives.
Cheetaro Moves to Leopard Island
See How Cheetaro Spends His Summers
More About Cheetaro:
Today at Big Cat Rescue October 19, 2012 – See a video of Alex tiger mauling his water bowl and volunteers building more platforms for Cheetaro to play on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M4_OH3DGN0g
How does picking up after our leopards help save tigers in Indochina?? Find out here: http://bigcatrescue.org/bcr-leopards-answer-the-call-to-save-tigers-in-indochina/
See a photo of Cheetaro doing his best im-purr-sonation of cuteness: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-12/
Big Cat Credit Card with a photo of Cheetaro on it: http://bigcatrescue.org/shopping/
Sponsor Cheetaro http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat