Release of Rain and Dancer Bobcats

Release of Rain and Dancer Bobcats

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Rehab Bobcat Release!

Today is the big day for the release of Rain and Dancer the Bobcats. Thanks to our first time partnership with The Nature Conservancy Florida we can give these precious bobcats a safe place in the wild to call home, the Conservancy’s Venus Flatwoods Preserve.  Be sure to LIKE them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NatureConservancyFL

The cats, rescued in July 2015, were released to the Preserve on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

Venus Flatwoods Preserve is located in Highlands County, west of Lake Okeechobee, and has been protected and managed by The Nature Conservancy for over 20 years. This 100-acre property provides the perfect habitat for the bobcats. The preserve includes one of the few remaining areas of old growth longleaf pine forest in Florida and is home to many species of wildlife. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker has been observed onsite. The property is surrounded by timber, citrus, and cattle ranch land, and its borders are not adjacent to highways or heavily trafficked areas that would endanger the cats.

Rain Dancer Release Team

“The Nature Conservancy’s Venus Flatwoods Preserve is the perfect location for these two young bobcats. We expect them to do very well in the healthy, maintained habitat of this protected property,” said Adam Peterson, Central Florida Fire and Land Management Specialist, The Nature Conservancy.

Rain Dancer ReleaseThe sibling bobcats, named Rain (male) and Dancer (female), were rescued by Big Cat Rescue as kittens when they were found on the side of a highway without their mother in Highlands County. Thanks to the efforts of Big Cat Rescue’s bobcat rehabilitation team, the wild cats were provided with the care and training they needed to be returned to the wild. Cameras will be set up on the preserve in an effort to continue to monitor the now nine-month old cats.

“Rain and Dancer have grown up to become strong, healthy bobcats equipped with the skills to return to the wild where they belong,” said Jamie Veronica, President of Big Cat Rescue. “We are thrilled that they will be released on a vast, protected property where they will be able to find everything they need to thrive.”

Bobcats are found throughout Florida. They prefer deep forests, and are also adaptable to swamps, hammock, and rural landscapes, as well as urban and suburban backyards.

You can read more about their Rain and Dancer’s initial rescue here.  https://bigcatrescue.org/4-bobcat-kittens/

Rain and Dancer have been released! Watch it via Periscope / Twitter herehttps://www.periscope.tv/w/1eaKboQOrreGX

Rain and Dancer’s Life in Videos

See Rain and Dancer getting their shots.  We use a killed virus vaccine to protect them against the same cat diseases that your domestic cats can get.

Watch the video of Rain and Dancer, the bobcat kittens, moving from the on site Cat Hospital to the Rehab enclosures.

Rain and Dancer are all grown up and ready to go start their new life in the wild.

Today (Feb 4 2016) you can watch our Facebook feed for live streaming events around their release at https://www.facebook.com/bigcatrescue

Love Kittens?

If you love bobcats kittens and want to be part of our efforts to rescue them from certain death, rehab them for life in the wild and then have the pleasure of helping them get back to the wild where they belong, there are several ways you can help.

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Even if you can’t afford to help, you are their voice.  Please be sure to subscribe and share all of our social channels.  Just look for BigCatRescue on all of your favorite sharing sites.  Use hashtags #BigCatRescue #bobcats and @BigCatRescue

Save Cats Kittens From Cruel Testing

Save Cats Kittens From Cruel Testing

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Save Cats & Kittens From Cruel Testing

cat and kittensDomestic cats need your help! USDA is currently accepting comments regarding a petition asking USDA to require laboratories that experiment and conduct “research” on cats and other animals to provide specific information about how they are using the animals.

Big Cat Rescue believes if more people become aware of the horrific torture cats are enduring, the public will no longer support such abuse.

Please submit your comments IN FAVOR of AMENDING THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT TO REQUIRE LABS TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC INFO ABOUT HOW THEY ARE USING ANIMALS here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0033

The deadline to submit a comment is Aug. 24, 2015.

Most of the comments have been by the industry who wants to keep their dirty secrets out of sight.

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 13 2015

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 13 2015

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Fun Photos on Friday the 13th

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Andi Bobcat up in her tree at Big Cat Rescue

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Vernon Stairs posts new tour sign at Big Cat Rescue

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Little Dove Bobcat peeks out of her den at Big Cat Rescue

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Natasha Lynx enjoys a spice bag a few weeks ago at Big Cat w

Aspen Echo Cougar strikes a pose at Big Cat Rescue

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Aspen Echo looks so regal in front of her cave den at Big Cat Rescue

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Do you look at your cat, with half closed eye, to show your love?

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Tonga the White Serval still doing well, years after cancer was removed from his nose.

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Tonga the White Serval gets ready for his role as the Easter Bunny

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Mickey the cougar, who had torn ACLs in both back legs will get second surgery soon.

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Mickey the cougar has improved in his ability to use the knee repaired by Dr. Callum Hay.

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A big shout out from Mickey Cougar to everyone who helped him get the first surgery.

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…and a plea, from Mickey Cougar to help fund the second ACL surgery.

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Angelica Bobcat caught just before breaking into a huge yawn.

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Thurston and Lovey napping in their tree house at Big Cat Rescue.

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Genie Sandcat sees no reason to leave her heated Skippy Bed for the photographer.

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Narla Cougar regrets the cat nip binge from last night at Big Cat Rescue.

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Gale Ingham shows a painting of Windsong Bobcat by Intern Julia Doane.

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Canvas prints of our cats were donated by Vanessa Fernandez & family for sale in our gift shop.

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The gorgeous canvas prints hang in the office as they sell one at a time in the gift shop.

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The eyes over the door are not for sale, but the beautiful leopard on the right is.

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See which ones are still available at www.BigCatRescue.biz

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This is the staff meeting room at Big Cat Rescue.

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Our Keepers all wear radios while on property and these radio speakers are in & on the buildings.

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Jennifer Leon and our Legislative Interns keep this area looking nice where guests are able to speak out for the cats.

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Ariel Bobcat has been moved from rehab to her permanent cage, but is still a little shy.

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Moms and kittens enjoy the expert care by our Interns in the FosteringIsCool.com program.

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Vern uses a drill, found by Dr. Justin and Jamie, to tie on the 9 gauge wires.

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Doing that by hand would just wring your wrists off!

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Vern attaches the sign to the front of the Windsong Memorial Hospital.

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Andi Bobcat does her best hoot owl im-purr-sonation.

Cat Chat 44

Cat Chat 44

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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.

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This is an example of the clever videos you can see at the Wildcat Sanctuary’s YouTube Channel.

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Cat Chat Wildcat Sanctuary Tammy Thies

Cat Documentaries

Cat Documentaries

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Cats : Documentary on the Widespread Popularity of Cats in the Western World by Joanna Lumley.

 

 

Joanna Lumley and cat

If you love cats and documentaries about cats, you will love this video.  Use Chromecast to stream it from your phone to your T.V.

Want to give the best catnip on the planet to your cats or as a gift?  Visit the Catnip Cartel, run by Big Cat Rescue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna_Lumley

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