Windstar

Windstar

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Male Bobcat
DOB 5/11/98

 

Windstar was an unexpected surprise to Windsong and Alexander. Because Alex was a Hybrid we assumed he was infertile after four years of watching him breed with no success. We had neutered all of our male Bobcats except for the hybrids as we were so sure they could not reproduce. Windstar was proof to the contrary and his birth resulted in his father and uncle, Des-Purr-ado being immediately neutered. Windstar is affectionately called “Bobcat” and has a wonderful purrsonality. Windstar loves the water. Every year for his birthday he gets a kiddie pool for a week to play in. In 2004 for his birthday he got a rock pool with waterfall like the tigers have.

Windstar wants you to know that there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.  There was a time, in our recent history when we believed in slavery and we believed that women should not be allowed to vote. Anyone who thought otherwise was ridiculed and cast out of society.  Now we look back and wonder how we ever could have believed that all men were not created equal. You are witnessing a shift in the way people perceive animals because science has taught us that they experience fear, joy, shame, love and they dream just like we do.  As we become better informed we cannot turn a blind eye to the abuses they suffer and some brave souls are speaking out.  Accepting that all life is precious is an idea whose time has come and nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.

 

 

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Most of our bobcats were rescued from fur farms where they were being raised to slaughter for their fur.  Some were being sold at auction where taxidermists would buy them and club them to death in the parking lot, but a few were born here in the early days when we were ignorant of the truth and were being told by the breeders and dealers that these cats should be bred for “conservation.” Once we learned that there are NO captive breeding programs that actually contribute to conservation in the wild we began neutering and spaying our cats in the mid 1990’s.  Knowing what we do about the intelligence and magnificence of these creatures we do not believe that exotic cats should be bred for lives in cages. Read more about our Evolution of Thought HERE

More About Windstar Bobcat

Windstar Bobcat loves his tree house.

Windstar Bobcat loves his tree house.

 

** See photos of Windstar getting a new room addition on his enclosure.   (also photos of tigers and more) Today At Big Cat Rescue November 22  http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-nov-22/

** When a swelling was noticed on the ear of one of our bobcats, we decided to sedate Windstar in order to drain the fluid from his ear. We then stitched the incisions open so no further problems would occur. See more here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-surgeryhome-makeover-big-cat-tv/

** Another photos of Windstar and other cats, too. Today At Big Cat Rescue February 23rd http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-feb-23/

** Today At Big Cat Rescue on December 29th see another photo of  Windstar the bobcat being playful on a crisp winter day ad other photos, too. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-29/

** Today at Big Cat Rescue February 21st – more photos: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-feb-21/

** Video –  Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 21 2012 Watch lions in love, Max and Windstar bobcats pouncing and meet a lovely volunteer named Phyl http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-21-2012/

** Walkabout Video – Today at Big Cat Rescue Aug 29 2013 – In this hour long walk about you will see Flavio Tiger in the Vacation Rotation cage and being loaded into a wagon for diagnostics.  You will see Bella Tiger making the long walk to the Vacation Rotation cage and enjoying it.  You will see the new Kitten Cabana construction, Tommie Girl Bobcat, Tobi Cougar, Gilligan Canada Lynx, Lovey, Thurston, Mary Ann, Moses, Bailey, Anazasie, Windstar,Max and Levi the bobcats.  Also rare glimpses at Genie Sandcat, Nico Geoffroy Cat, Pharaoh and Tonga the white servals, Mr E the Leopard cat, Jade and Armani the leopards, Joseph and Sasha the lions and Cameron and Zabu the white tiger.  Lots of cats, lots of rain, lots of interesting behavior. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-big-cat-rescue-aug-29-2013/

** December 2011 Advocat Newsletter – A few of the most recent projects included an enclosure addition for Purr-sistance the ocelot and Windstar the bobcat.  Not only do they have lots of extra space, but we are now able to shift them easily from one side of their enclosure to the other making maintenance a breeze. http://bigcatrescue.org/advocat-news-2011-12-2/

** One of the early Keeper Walkabouts: http://bigcatrescue.org/keeper-walkabout/ It is a fun read.

** Bobcat Facts – http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-facts/

** Advocat Newsletter August 2012 – Vide of the cats cooling off in a fun way. http://bigcatrescue.org/advocat-2012-08

Bobcat Videos

www.BigCatTV.com

www.YouTube.com/DailyBigCat

 

 

 

 

 

Natasha

Natasha

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NATASHA

Female Siberian Lynx

DOB 5/5/93 – 2/2/15

Rescued 9/19/93

 

Siberian Lynx at Big Cat RescueNatasha (on left) was rescued, along with 27 other cats, from a fur farm. She cost more than any of the other cats because she is exquisitely beautiful. She has survived poisoning and a very scary seizure in 1996. She was diagnosed with heart worms in 1997 and recovered very slowly. We had never seen heartworms in the exotic cats, and as a result of her infestation have made it a policy to treat all of Big Cat Rescue’s animals with Ivermectin, which is a de-wormer, as a preventative.

Natasha shared a Cat-a-tat with Willow and they loved each others company. One of Natasha’s favorite things to do is chew. She, like most Siberian lynx, have a love for chewing. She will chew just about anything, sticks, pine cones, cardboard tubes, but her favorite of all are pineapple tops. She does not eat these things, but rather tears off tiny pieces of them with her front teeth and then spits it out. She will continue with this until there is nothing left of whatever item fell victim to her chewing. Natasha is lovable and fun-loving and considers no one a stranger.

She was raised with Willow and Alexander, the bobcat hybrid, and still remains one of the friendliest cats here. She shared her large grassy habitat with Willow until her death in 2013. Ironically, they were often seen lying in the sun grooming each other’s beautiful fur coats.

 

 

Big Cat Rescue has already bought out every U.S. fur farm known to us and we would like to do the same with the Canadian ones. We determined, however, that in order to purchase the cats remaining at the known Canadian farm, and build barely adequate caging for them, it would have cost over $95,000. back in 1997.  Since then we have determined that we cannot rescue our way out of this problem and are devoting time and energy to changing laws to protect the animals.  Visit www.CatLaws.com to help.

Visit Natasha’s Tribute page here:  https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/natasha-lynx

Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 16

Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 16

An excerpt from the one hour documentary about the Plight of Tigers in the United States

Callie the office cat runs to meet Beth who is visiting from VT

Callie the office cat runs to meet Beth who is visiting from VT

Beth talks about the grant she won for us to get a solar system

Beth talks about the grant she won for us to get a solar system

Chelsea, Honey and Jamie discuss ways to deal w increasing gift shop sales

Chelsea, Honey and Jamie discuss ways to deal w increasing gift shop sales

Arthur the TX tiger enjoys his first whole Thanksgiving turkey

Arthur the TX tiger enjoys his first whole Thanksgiving turkey

Natasha asks Willow why the cougars are getting a turkey feast

Natasha asks Willow why the cougars are getting a turkey feast

Willow says that if they pose real cute they might get a chicken

Willow says that if they pose real cute they might get a chicken

OK.  Posing cutely now.  Where's the chicken?

OK. Posing cutely now. Where's the chicken?

Interns prepare Thanksgiving Day turkey feast for cougar "cubs"

Interns prepare Thanksgiving Day turkey feast for cougar "cubs"

This is going to be a great video!  Watch for Big Cats vs Turkeys 2011

This is going to be a great video! Watch for Big Cats vs Turkeys 2011

Turkey filled belly and time for a nap

Turkey filled belly and time for a nap

Alex and Little Dove the bobcats get their first into to each other

Alex and Little Dove the bobcats get their first into to each other

PurrFection the ocelot says she would rather have a rat than turkey

PurrFection the ocelot says she would rather have a rat than turkey

Turkey toss into Bengali the tiger's expectant paws

Turkey toss into Bengali the tiger's expectant paws

Big Cat Rescuers putting on the spread for the cats

Big Cat Rescuers putting on the spread for the cats

Ares and Orion the cougar "cubs" are always first on the scene

Ares and Orion the cougar "cubs" are always first on the scene

Zabu smiles for the St. Pete Times reporter as turkey flies in

Zabu smiles for the St. Pete Times reporter as turkey flies in

Alex was a little to pesky so we separately the bobcats and will try again

Alex was a little to pesky so we separately the bobcats and will try again

Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 10

Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 10

Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 10

The photos of lynx and sand cats below can be purchased in our Big Cat Store

Join us Friday Nov 11:

THE VENUE on 2675 Ulmerton Rd 33762 is graciously helping the Cougar Calendar ladies get the word out about Big Cat Rescue.

November 11th , Friday, at 5:30pm cash bar, Outside Bar (inside if too cold of course!) for Calendar signing.

Animal print, etc are appropriate attire for this wild night.

Moonlight reflection in the lake at the sanctuary

Moonlight reflection in the lake at the sanctuary

Ops Mgr Gale moves Little Dove to be next to Alex the bobcat

Ops Mgr Gale moves Little Dove to be next to Alex the bobcat

Keepers hope that Little Dove and Alex will come to love each other

Keepers hope that Little Dove and Alex will come to love each other

Alex lost Windsong and Little Dove lost DesPurrado recently.

Alex lost Windsong and Little Dove lost DesPurrado recently.

Natasha and Willow the Siberian Lynx

Natasha and Willow the Siberian Lynx

Willow the Siberian Lynx

Willow the Siberian Lynx

Natasha and Willow the Siberian Lynx

Natasha and Willow the Siberian Lynx

Natasha and Willow the Siberian Lynx

Natasha and Willow the Siberian Lynx

S.A.R.M.O.T.I. the tiger enjoys new sandy den

S.A.R.M.O.T.I. the tiger enjoys new sandy den

Pres Jamie Veronica spreads out the new sand in den for tiger

Pres Jamie Veronica spreads out the new sand in den for tiger

Interns remove last year's Christmas trees in preparation for new

Interns remove last year's Christmas trees in preparation for new

Den is elevated for Little Dove the bobcat so that it is high and dry

Den is elevated for Little Dove the bobcat so that it is high and dry

Little Dove gets two dens thanks to interns and volunteers

Little Dove gets two dens thanks to interns and volunteers

Lynx watch as their dens are stuffed with bedding for winter

Lynx watch as their dens are stuffed with bedding for winter