Sasha has been declawed (and very badly, at that) and defanged) so she struggles to eat.
We provide a soft diet for her, but without her teeth it is hard to hold the food and even hard to contain her tongue.
You will often see her with her tongue hanging out as a result.
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 landlords, Donnalynn and Christian Laver were able to evict her from the property that Knox County was able to seize the six cats who had been used for years as props in Diana McCourt’s “tiger training” scheme.
By the end of the ordeal eye witnesses said that the cats were starving and they still have inadequate shelter from the elements.
Even though McCourt lost her USDA license to operate the tiger-tamer camp in 2000, and permanently in 2006, she still continued to charge people to come into her back yard in Gambier, OH and pet the adult lions and tigers.
The cats would often be chained down so that people could touch them or have their photos made with the cats.
To make the cats more pliable McCourt had their teeth and claws removed. (Joseph still has his canine teeth) Despite the abusive violations to their bodies and mobility, the USDA investigation included eight allegations of attacks on visitors in an 8 month period.
In May of 2007 Diana McCourt emailed Carole Baskin asking if she could move her operation to Tampa and bring her cats to Big Cat Rescue. Our response was that her cats were welcome here but her brand of animal abuse was not. By August McCourt had been evicted and Knox County was awarded custody of the four tigers and two lions. Dean Vickers, the State Director for the Ohio branch of the HSUS contacted Big Cat Rescue and asked if we could take the cats, but six more big cats increases our annual budget by $45,000.00.
When Sarabi, our lioness died, her half acre enclosure was opened up so that Nikita our only other lioness could have the run of both half acre enclosures. This large enclosure has an open roof and is only suitable for lions because they don’t climb, or very old, declawed tigers, who would be unable to climb. Taking on two lions, age 9 and 13, who have a 20 year life expectancy means a cost of $15,000.00 annually and $150,000.00 in the long run. Lions often end up in canned hunts, especially males who are coveted as wall trophies, so we felt certain our donors would help us rescue these two cats. Our board convened and agreed that the lions would be rescued as soon as we could make travel arrangements for them.
Calling with the good news, that at least the lions would be spared, we were told by the landlord, who has been caring for the cats since evicting Diana McCourt, that the male tiger, Nikita, would be heartbroken that his best friend in the world, Joseph the lion, would be leaving. As the conversation unfolded it appears that for the last 13 years, two tigers and two lions have shared a cage. (Joseph only coming along in the past 9 yrs) Instead of being elated for the lions, we now felt sick that they would be separated from the only pride (albeit tigers) they had ever known. And thinking about how they would feel, of course, led to thinking about how the tigers left behind would feel.
We appealed to our supporters, asking if they would be willing to help us rescue all four cats who have lived together and the response was an overwhelming, “YES!”
On Oct. 19th Big Cat Rescue’s President Jamie Veronica, VP Cathy Neumann, Operations Manager Scott Lope and Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wynn, DVM flew to Columbus, OH to rendezvous with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) staff and a driver and vet tech from the Animal Sanctuary of the United States (ASUS) at the Columbus Zoo at 6 am on the morning of the 20th. From there the entourage drove an hour to the Gambier, OH facility and met with the property owner and the Knox County Animal Control Officer, Rich Reed who had been granted possession of the six cats.
Within just a few hours all of the cats were safely loaded and on the way to Florida where they arrived at 6 am the morning of the 21st. While the weary drivers slept, the Big Cat Rescue team unloaded Nikita, Simba, Sasha and Joseph into their new enclosure, which is a little more than half an acre of lakeside living with high grass, cave like dens and hills from which they can survey their new kingdom.
We let you know that the rescue would cost us $34,000.00* and 294 of you responded. As of 11/16/07 $29,435.00 has been raised to save these four cats. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) agreed to help rescue the last two cats and IFAW paid to transport all six cats to their final destinations. That saved us $4,000.00! We are now only $565.00 short of what this rescue will cost us in the first year. Thank you everyone who has helped so far! If you haven’t helped yet, keep in mind that your donations are tax deductible and that these cats rely entirely on your generosity.
Send Free Easter E Cards and Play Free Easter Games
Easter Fun, Big Cat Style
We are now uploading new big cat Easter goodies. It may take us a few days to get it all posted, so please bookmark this Easter Freebies page and check back frequently. All of the big cats in these photos live at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. If you are interested in offering our easter games on your website to help us promote Big Cat Rescue’s main website, please contact the webmaster on the contact page.
Free Online Game of Easter Egg Matching Game ( Using Tigers & Five Colors )
This educational flash Easter Egg Color Matching Game is a little harder than just matching colors. The children also have to match not only the colors but the picture of the tiger that is on the Easter Eggs.
This educational flash Easter Egg Color Matching Game is designed to help children exercise their matching skills and thinking skills while playing with learning some of their colors in a fun way. This color matching game would be great to put on school web sites or PTA web sites.
Free Online Game of Easter Egg Matching Game ( Pink, Blue Green )
This cute little Easter game is especially for toddlers just to have fun clicking their mouse. Learning mouse control and clicking the mouse button control is the first steps to toddlers learning pink, blue & green colors. Toddlers love to play educational games on the computer.
This cute little Easter game is especially for toddlers just to have fun clicking their mouse and playing with the color green. Learning mouse control and clicking the mouse button control is the first steps to toddlers learning to play educational games on the computer.
This educational flash Easter game are designed to help children exercise their matching skills while playing with the shapes rectangle, star, oval and triangle in a fun way. Learning basic matching skills and mouse control skills are fun. This matching game would be great to put on school web sites or PTA web sites.
Here are some big cat downloadable free kids’ coloring pages with big cat themes and Easter themes.
CLICK HERE to see more Easter coloring pages, instructions and downloads.
Play An Online Game Of Easter Beach Bowling
Here is a big cat free online flash game of Easter Beach Bowling. This silly little Easter game is dedicated all of the tigers, leopards, African serval cats, snow leopards, cougars, bobcats and the white tiger who call Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Floridahome.
Easter Leopard Bingo Craft Game you can download, print, make & play with your children or give as an Easter basket gift.
CLICK HERE to see more screen shots, instructions and downloads.
Easter Flash Online Game – Easter Word Scramble
CLICK HERE TO PLAY THIS GAME Here is a free Easter flash game is a fun little holiday word un-scrambling game. You will have fun learning Easter words & Easter trivia. This game reinforces reading skills and critical thinking skills.
Free Printable Easter Kids Craft / Game Big Cat “Go Fish”
***CLICK HERE*** to learn more and to download the print file for this fun kids Easter Craft / Game. This fun little card game plays just like the popular kids card game “Go Fish”. You can choose other versions besides this Easter version. This Easter kids craft / game makes a great Easter basket stuffer. It also make a fun little gift to add to letters from the Easter Bunny.
Copyright Notices: The photographs in these big cat St. Patrick’s desktop wallpapers were taken by La Wanna Jones whose website is www.RETURN2eden.org. These wallpapers and the photographs are copyrighted and are not freeware nor public domain. You may not re-distribute these wallpapers without our written permission. You can however, freely use them for your own personal use. You may also make personal gifts of it to your family and personal friends. Visit our main website at www.BigCatRescue.org or visit our main online gift shop at http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/.
Charla Nash Was Mauled Nearly to Death by Pet Chimpanzee
Charla Nash after Mauling
Charla Nash, 57, whose face was mauled by a furious 200-pound pet chimpanzee in February 2009, has undergone a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, medical team leader announced. The animal attack left her blind. Nash says she yearns to be able to eat pizza and hamburgers again; quite a change from the pureed foods she has had to live on over the last few months.
The chimpanzee’s owner had asked Nash help her coax the animal back into the house. Her hands were ripped off, as were her nose, lips and eyelids. The police intervened and shot the chimp dead, but not soon enough to prevent her dreadful injuries.
This is the third full face transplant in the United States. A team of 30 medical professionals were involved in replacing nerves, blood vessels, underlying muscles, her teeth and hard palate.
Dr. Pomahac said that overall, her prognosis looks good. Nash also underwent a double hand transplant in May. Unfortunately, she had a pneumonia complication, resulting in a serious drop in blood pressure, this undermined the blood supply to her hands, and they eventually had to be removed. However, Pomahac said she might still be a candidate for another hand transplant.
Charla Petting Chimp Before Attack
Dr. Pohamac said:
“She will eventually be able to eat a hamburger, something she said was very important her, having only had pureed food since her injury, and I think we can all relate to that.”
Over the coming months Nash is expected to gradually gain control over her facial muscles and develop feeling, allowing her to breathe through her nose and get her sense of smell back.
Unfortunately, doctors could do nothing about her blindness.
The donor remains anonymous.
The chimpanzee’s owner as well as state officials are being sued by Nash’s family.
Face transplants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital is known as a pioneer in performing and promoting face transplants.
May 2011 – Charla Nash received a full face transplant.
April 2011 – Mitch Hunter, Indiana, underwent a 14-hour operation to replace the full facial area, including nerves, facial animation muscles, eyelids and the nose.
March 2011 – Dallas Wiens underwent the first full face transplant ever done n the USA. Surgeons replaced the facial animation muscles, nerves, facial skin, lips and nose of the patient.
April 2009 – the first successful partial face transplant in New England was performed. It was the second in the country and the seventh worldwide.
LION VS Big Yellow Ball = Lion WIns! Watch our goofy lioness Nikita take on her new yellow boomer ball! Enrichment is an important part of our cats lives at the sanctuary they will never be free and wild, so we have to keep their minds stimulated with new toys and enrichment, ensuring the best quality life in captivity.
Authorities blame inadequate infrastructure, lack of vets
MUTE WITNESS: Sources say that the Rs. 10-crore master plan chalked out in 2006 has essentially been used to make the tourist experience better.
BANGALORE: At first glance things appear to be going well for the sprawling Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP), where exotic and endangered wildlife draw lakhs of tourists every year. But a closer look reveals an alarming statistic: in the last four months alone, 273 animals have died there.
Zoo authorities attribute this to inadequate infrastructure, lack of veterinary personnel and unscientific enclosures, among other factors. The casualties, recorded between July and October, include 27 spotted deer that died of haemorrhagic septicaemia, 60 star tortoises (dehydration), 52 red-eared slider turtles (hepatitis), a lioness (infectious peritonitis), a sloth bear (dehydration), neelgai calf (tick fever) and a month-old tiger cub.
The BBP is situated adjacent to the Bannerghatta National Park and comprises enclosures, safaris and a rescue centre.
14 per cent
The mortality figure of 273 accounts for 14 per cent of the biological park’s total animal population of 1,929, which is seven times the internationally acceptable mortality rate of 2 per cent for a zoo. While some of these casualties could reflect the condition of animals when they were seized or rescued, the mortality figure is nevertheless high, says B.C. Chittiappa, assistant director, Veterinary Services, at the zoo.
He adds that the zoo is in dire need of wildlife vets and infrastructure as basic as a functional operation theatre. “I have one retired vet who works on contract. We need at least one qualified vet of a veterinary officer’s cadre on a permanent basis,” says Dr. Chittiappa.
The death toll was high in the previous quarter too (April to June) when 151 animals died, including three flying squirrels (enteritis and streptococci infection) and a leopard (pasteurellosis).
Many of the enclosures need to be upgraded. “The one for flying squirrels for instance is completely inappropriate. The animals are arboreal, essentially nocturnal and clearly need more space than they have.”
The hippopotamus enclosure, reminiscent of a giant washbasin, is overcrowded and needs to be improved, says Dr. Chittiappa. As for the endangered king cobras, their tiny enclosure gives them no room to reproduce.
According to sources, the Rs. 10-crore “master plan” chalked out for the zoo in 2006 has essentially been used to make the tourist experience better with a new entrance, car park, a road and landscaped environs. So, four years after the money was sanctioned from the Central Zoo Authority and the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), there has been no substantial improvement in conditions for the captive animals.
Milo Tago, BBP director, told The Hindu the park is now in the process of floating tenders for upgrading the enclosures.