Jumanji Leopard and Bongo Serval Surgeries

Jumanji Leopard and Bongo Serval Surgeries

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Jumanji Leopard and Bongo Serval Surgeries

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Purchase this Jumanji Black Leopard pendant to help with his care

It’s Valentine’s Day and my heart is restless with worry.  Tomorrow Jumanji, a 20 year old black leopard and Bongo, a nearly 25 year old serval, will have to be sedated for treatment.  Since a lot of our cats are over the age of 20, and these species usually don’t live past 10-12 elsewhere, there is always this low level tension tugging at our hearts.  We are always watchful for any sign that one of our precious cats is on the decline.

Nature demands survival of the fittest, so cats don’t show their illness, unless they are so sick they just can’t hide it any more.  In the wild they would become prey if they didn’t maintain the facade of being the biggest, baddest element in the brush. Even in captivity, they are stoic in their pain and masters of illusion.  It usually is something they can’t hide that first gives them away.

Jumanji has had a growth on his face for a while that has concerned us, but sedation is such a dangerous thing for exotic cats, that we have just watched it closely for changes and figured we will get a biopsy of it, or remove it, if he ever had anything else going on that would call for sedation.

Yesterday, (Feb. 13) he left a broken tooth on his feeding platter.  My first thought was that he was expecting the tooth fairy, but realized that he must have broken it off while chewing on a bone.  He’s always had great teeth, so this was un expected and worrisome enough, considering the exposed root, that we decided to sedate him Monday, Feb. 15.

Serval kitten plushy toy

Purchase this cute serval kitten plushy toy to help provide care to Bongo

No sooner had we made arrangements with the vet, Dr. Justin Boorstein, who is seeing his dentist that same morning, that a radio call came in that Bongo had a swelling on his face, and didn’t want to eat.  In more than 20 years of caring for Bongo Serval, I don’t remember anyone ever reporting that he didn’t want to eat.

Jamie Veronica went to take a look at him, and all indications are that he’s got a bad tooth too.  “Dr Boorstein; could you make that two patients for dental work, Monday?”

I kid you not, it wasn’t 15 minutes later before there was a radio call saying that Zouletta Serval was doing that weird-serval-neck-arching-thing.  We are baffled at this odd phenomenon that only affects servals and seems to be related to a change in the weather.  When it’s cold outside one day and then really nice the next day, the arching seems to happen on the nice day.  We’ve discussed the condition with experts in serval care across the country and have tried just about everything imaginable, but can’t tell that anything, other than continued warm weather, fixes it.

“Dr Boorstein; could you make that three patients for Monday?”

If you picture those horses that are trained to step high and arch their necks, that is what it looks like.  There are variations on it where the cat’s forehead seems to be glued to the ground.  Those cases get brought inside immediately.  The cats are usually very wobbly in their gait and will fall over. It doesn’t usually affect their appetite though.

We were trying to decide if Zouletta should go into the West Boensch Cat Hospital for a few days, but by the afternoon she was feeling a lot better and thankfully, today, shows no sign of affliction.  I’m crossing my fingers that it stays that way for her.  Thor Bobcat really doesn’t want neighbors in the hospital and two cats in surgery are about all I can stand.

I don’t know what time Jumanji and Bongo will be coming into surgery, but you can watch it LIVE at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-windsong-memorial-cat-hospital  There is a discussion board at the bottom of that page where we can do Q and A with you, but the microphones are great, so you will be able to hear the vets and they often will speak directly to the camera to keep you informed.

As always, your gifts are tax deductible and much appreciated.

Big cats gotta eat!

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Cheetaro

Cheetaro

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Cheetaro

Male Leopard
DOB 7/19/98
Rescued 11/2003

Leopard Cheetaro 2013

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

Cheetaro Leopard doing the leopard lounge up in his tree

Cheetaro Leopard doing the leopard lounge up in his tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Protecting Asiatic and African Lions

Protecting Asiatic and African Lions

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Big Cat Rescue Protects Asiatic and African Lions

Big Cat Rescue Protects Asiatic and African Lions by donating the proceeds from our 2015 Wildcat Walkabout.

Protect Big Cats from Falling in Wells Power Point Presentation

Read about the most recent cases of lions and leopards falling into wells here:

http://asiatic-lion.blogspot.in/

We donated in 2014 from our March for Lions event and in 2015 from our Wildcat Walkabout event to building bomas.  The Build a Boma program builds lion proof corrals for farmed animals so that villagers don’t kill the lions, or leopards in retribution.

Sundari

Sundari

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Sundari

Female Leopard

DOB 11/15/96

This leopard demonstrates, better than most, the fact that you may be able to take the animal out of the wild but you will never take the wild out of the animal.  Sundari will watch very closely as groups of people walk through the sanctuary.  She immediately sizes up “the herd” from a distance and determines who is the weakest, the youngest or the most infirm.  That is the person who gets her utmost attention.  She’s even been seen climbing to the top of her enclosure just to get a closer look at whomever she has singled out.  It is easy to explain the concept of “survival of the fittest” with Sundari’s enthusiastic demonstrations.  Two of our senior volunteers love the way Sundari will roll over on her back showing everyone just how beautiful she is in hopes of finding a “boy” leopard – or at least someone who wants to volunteer to be a boy leopard.

 

Sundari“Sunny” has so many places she loves to lounge in her cat-a-tat.  You’ll find her literally hanging from her tree sound asleep or draped across her concrete bench with all four legs dangling over the side or on top of her mountain den or just upside down in the middle of her cat-a-tat with her belly proudly in view.  She’s very personable and always interested in anyone who comes by to visit.  With this personality, she’s earned her nickname.

Sundari was born here back before we learned that no privately held exotic cats serve any sort of conservation purpose.  Back then, in the pre-Internet era of the 90’s, the only people we could turn to for advice were breeders and dealers who lied to us about the necessity of breeding exotic cats to save them.  As soon as we learned better we stopped breeding and began campaigning to end the abuse of breeding wild cats for life in cages.

You can help feed me here:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

 

More About Sundari:

* Today at Big Cat Rescue July 14, 2014 – This is a page with several photos and a video with footage of Sundari: http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-10-2014/

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* Sundari Leopard eats a skyscraper July 29, 2014: http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-29-2014/

Sundari-Leopard-2015

*  Enrichment is given to Alex Tiger, Simba Leopard, Zeus Tiger and Sundari Leopard on July 23, 2014: http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-23-2014/

Sundari-Leopard-2015

* Sundari Leopard gets locked up so she can get some new platforms: http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-oct-9-2014/

Sundari-Leopard-2015

* This page has photos of several of the cats, including Sundari, getting Christmas trees: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-26-boxing-day/

Sundari-Leopard-2015

* Today at Big Cat Rescue December 16th – This is a page with several photos on it including photos of Sundari enjoying her Christmas gifts: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-16/

Sundari-Leopard-2015

* Today at Big Cat Rescue October 11th – This is a page with several photos of the cats getting pumpkins.  There are also photos of Sundari: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-11/

 

Jade

Jade

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hear big catsJade

Female Leopard

DOB 6/17/97

 

Jade Leopard

Jade arrived at Big Cat Rescue with her sister, Armani. Jade is definitely the more mischievous one of the two. Like all leopards, she loves to jump up in the branches of the tree that is in her cat-a-tat. Most people have a very hard time telling the two sisters apart, they look so much alike.  But, if you look closely, you can tell Jade from Armani by the V-shaped row of spots on her forehead that look like a tiara.

These two are so beautiful that some of the volunteers refer to them as the “Hilton Sisters.”  Could it be because they just don’t take a bad picture?  Or, could it be that we just love to spoil them so much?

 

You can sponsor Jade here http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

 

More Pages About Jade:

Wildcat Walkabout Video on May 1, 2014 – http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-may-2-2014/