Today at Big Cat Rescue May 2

Today at Big Cat Rescue May 2

Interns Help Dr Boorstein and

President Jamie Veronica Give Vaccines

White cardboard rails keep cat from biting the vet

White cardboard rails keep cat from biting the vet

In the Cat-a-Comb the vet can examine the cats and give shots

In the Cat-a-Comb the vet can examine the cats and give shots

Sarah the intern assists Pres Jamie Veronica and Dr Boorstein

Sarah the intern assists Pres Jamie Veronica and Dr Boorstein

Flavia the intern assists Dr Boorstein

Flavia the intern assists Dr Boorstein

Flavia the intern assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Cleo Bobcat

Flavia the intern assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Cleo Bobcat

Flavia the intern assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Cleo Bobcat

Flavia the intern assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Cleo Bobcat

Flavia the intern assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Cleo Bobcat

Flavia the intern assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Cleo Bobcat

Dr Justin Boorstein listens to Cybil Serval's heart

Dr Justin Boorstein listens to Cybil Serval's heart

Flavia the intern assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Cleo Bobcat

Flavia the intern assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Cleo Bobcat

Cleo-Cat-Ra bobcat is too fat to squeeze very well.  No more late night snacks!

Cleo-Cat-Ra bobcat is too fat to squeeze very well. No more late night snacks!

Intern Flavia helps President Jamie Veronica squeeze Cherokee bobcat

Intern Flavia helps President Jamie Veronica squeeze Cherokee bobcat

Intern Flavia helps President Jamie Veronica squeeze Cherokee bobcat

Intern Flavia helps President Jamie Veronica squeeze Cherokee bobcat

Intern Arnaud assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Tonga White Serval

Intern Arnaud assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Tonga White Serval

Intern Arnaud assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Tonga the White Serval

Intern Arnaud assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Tonga the White Serval

Intern Arnaud assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Tonga the White Serval

Intern Arnaud assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Tonga the White Serval

Dr Justin Boorstein lines up the teeth of the Cat-a-Comb

Dr Justin Boorstein lines up the teeth of the Cat-a-Comb

Tonga the White Serval is pretty calm about the whole thing

Tonga the White Serval is pretty calm about the whole thing

Intern Arnaud assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Tonga the White Serval

Intern Arnaud assists President Jamie Veronica w/ Tonga the White Serval

Chris films the Cat-a-Comb in action so there will be a video soon

Chris films the Cat-a-Comb in action so there will be a video soon

Jennifer and Jamie carry the Cat-a-Comb through the woods

Jennifer and Jamie carry the Cat-a-Comb through the woods

Jennifer and Jamie capture Cybil the Serval for Dr Boorstein

Jennifer and Jamie capture Cybil the Serval for Dr Boorstein

Cybil was the only cat today to pitch a fit over it but she calmed down

Cybil was the only cat today to pitch a fit over it but she calmed down

Cybil gives Dr Justin Boorstein a piece of her mind

Cybil gives Dr Justin Boorstein a piece of her mind

Resigned Cybil Serval decides to just be at peace with the procedure

Resigned Cybil Serval decides to just be at peace with the procedure

The whole thing takes under 10 minutes and she's good for 3 years

The whole thing takes under 10 minutes and she's good for 3 years

Divinity the fur farm rescue bobcat waits patiently for her dinner

Divinity the fur farm rescue bobcat waits patiently for her dinner

Dr Boorstein and Jamie Veronica squeeze Tommie Girl bobcat for final vaccines

Dr Boorstein and Jamie Veronica squeeze Tommie Girl bobcat for final vaccines

After shots and final check up she will be transported to new home

After shots and final check up she will be transported to new home

Tommie Girl will live in the rehab cages at Big Cat Rescue

Tommie Girl will live in the rehab cages at Big Cat Rescue

 

Today at Big Cat Rescue Mar 23 Help Rufus the Bobcat

Today at Big Cat Rescue Mar 23 Help Rufus the Bobcat

Help Rescue Rufus the Bobcat

by Contributing to His Medical Fund

http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/

Help Rufus the Blind Bobcat Kitten

 

The baby bobcat came in to the SC Wildlife Rehabber, JoAnne on Dec 4 weighing 4.2 lbs, with a broken jaw, split canine and comatose.   They figured he had been hit by a car, but couldn’t believe that he survived.

 

After he woke up from the coma he was pretty loopy, but they figured the impact had done brain damage.   They had to wire the jaw shut, tube feed him and removed the broken canine.

 

He now weighs 10 lbs, is eating solids on his own and doing much better despite walking into walls and getting stuck in corners. If he comes to a corner, he just sits down and waits, and waits, and waits, as if he cannot figure out that he is not trapped.

 

He was having bad and frequent seizures, and those subsided for a while, but on March 21 he had the worst one yet. Thanks to the SkipAHolics on UStream who watch him day and night online for us, we were alerted within moments of the seizure. Five callers contacted our Operations manger in a 1 minute time frame!

 

He was rushed to Ehrlich Animal Hospital and then Blue Pearl and now is scheduled for an MRI.

 

Our vet donates all of her time, but the specialists he needs and the MRI are estimated to be as much as $3,500 and that is before they will even be able to prescribe treatment, so we have set up a fund for him here:

http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/ Thanks for your help! Anything we raise over and above the estimate will be used for funding the medical expenses for Tommie the female, blind bobcat kitten below and our rehab program.

 

We have set up a UStream web cam at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bigcathospitalwhere you can watch both Rufus and Tommie as we rotate the camera between them.

 

Tommie the Bobcat Has More Tests Done

 

Tommie’s eyes are looking worse so more blood and fecal samples were take today to see if there is anything we can learn from them to help her.   Jamie pointed out that just the daily care for two blind bobcats is more difficult than anything we have had to do because none of our tricks work on them.

 

Their cages have to be cleaned daily and the way you usually get a bobcat to shift from the dirty side to the clean side is to cover the clean side so it is a place that looks safe and dark. They move over and we can shut the door to get out the dirty linens. Blind bobcats can’t tell which side is safe and dark.

New welding gloves come in handy dealing with feisty Tommie girl !

New welding gloves come in handy dealing with feisty Tommie girl !

Tommie the bobcat's eyes are looking worse and more tests needed

Tommie the bobcat's eyes are looking worse and more tests needed

Home made cushioning to keep the gas in the mask for the bobcat

Home made cushioning to keep the gas in the mask for the bobcat

Recently donated pulse oximeter helps us monitor their heartbeat

Recently donated pulse oximeter helps us monitor their heartbeat

Tommie the bobcat needs more blood work done to assess her issues

Tommie the bobcat needs more blood work done to assess her issues

Interns create a platter of omnivore food fit for a vegan

Interns create a platter of omnivore food fit for a vegan

Intern Amber feeding the Bearcats

Intern Amber feeding the Bearcats

Attack of the Killer Bees

 

Q. How do you tell Africanized “killer bees” from our ordinary European honey bees?

 

A. You cannot tell them apart from their appearance, but beekeepers recognize Africanized bees quickly by their behavior. For example, if you disturbed a colony of European honey bees, the bees would tend to stay close to the hive to defend their colony. If you disturbed a colony of Africanized bees, however, the bees would explode from the hive to defend it from the outside by flying all around you, like a cloud, persistently trying to intimidate you.

 

At first Jonathan did not think that these were killer bees, but once he got a little closer he found that they were VERY aggressive and he was stung several times though all of his protective gear.  Carole was filming at a distance and got chased to her truck by the angry bees.

 

The nest was approximately 30,000 killer bees and they were about to swarm, so it was great timing that our regular exterminator, Jim Williamson of Bug Smashers noticed the colony yesterday.

 

Jonathan B. Simkins B.S.c Entomologist AllFloridaBeeRemoval.com  813-930-BUGS

Jonathan B. Simkins B.S.c Entomologist AllFloridaBeeRemoval.com

Call 813-930-BUGS if you have a stinging insect problem

Call 813-930-BUGS if you have a stinging insect problem

Today at Big Cat Rescue Mar 21

Today at Big Cat Rescue Mar 21

Florida Voices for Animals

 

Please join Florida Voices for Animals for their annual Have-a-Heart Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction. Sunday, March 25th. 4:30 pm at Trang Viet Cuisine in Tampa. They will have a fabulous guest speaker. Please click here for all the details.

Rufus the bobcat snuggles with heated heartbeat cat buddy

Rufus the bobcat snuggles with heated heartbeat cat buddy

Great shot of Cameron the lion and Zabu the white tiger together

Great shot of Cameron the lion and Zabu the white tiger together

The tigers are loving their new perches

The tigers are loving their new perches

I mean REALLY loving their new perches at Big Cat Rescue

I mean REALLY loving their new perches at Big Cat Rescue

Rufus the blind bobcat kitten suffers a terrible seizure

Rufus the blind bobcat kitten suffers a terrible seizure

Rushed to Ehrlich Animal Hospital to see Dr Wynn

Rushed to Ehrlich Animal Hospital to see Dr Wynn

X-rays and blood work are inconclusive so he went to Blue Pearl

X-rays and blood work are inconclusive so he went to Blue Pearl

Prayers and heartfelt love are sent from around the globe for Rufus

Prayers and heartfelt love are sent from around the globe for Rufus

He was taken in for an MRI but the power went down in the storm

He was taken in for an MRI but the power went down in the storm

Bad baby teeth were extracted to reduce likelihood of infection

Bad baby teeth were extracted to reduce likelihood of infection

Meanwhile the Enrichment Committee was busy making fun stuff for the cats

Meanwhile the Enrichment Committee was busy making fun stuff for the rest of our cats

Including what look like dragon eggs for the big cats

Including what look like dragon eggs for the big cats

Every Wednesday night the Enrichment Committee convenes to create new entertainment for the cats

Every Wednesday night the Enrichment Committee convenes to create new entertainment for the cats

Jamie and Justin stay up until 2 am helping Rufus wake up from sedation

Jamie and Justin stay up until 2 am helping Rufus wake up from sedation

Justin monitors pulse and oxygenation to ensure a safe recovery

Justin monitors pulse and oxygenation to ensure a safe recovery

Today at Big Cat Rescue Sept 12

Today at Big Cat Rescue Sept 12

Dr Wynn removes stitches from Sassy caracal

Dr Wynn removes stitches from Sassy caracal

Volunteer Committee Meeting L-R Jamie, Sharyn, Jennifer, Becky, Denny

Volunteer Committee Meeting L-R Jamie, Sharyn, Jennifer, Becky, Denny

Gale telling me about Jade the leopard making a stinky face

Gale telling me about Jade the leopard making a stinky face

Dr Wynn checking on Alachua Bob the ancient bobcat

Dr Wynn checking on Alachua Bob the ancient bobcat

Veterinarian Dr Wynn checking on Kanawha the Siberian Lynx

Veterinarian Dr Wynn checking on Kanawha the Siberian Lynx

Vern mowing around puddles on the new 10 acre Intern housing

Vern mowing around puddles on the new 10 acre Intern housing

I love our new 9 foot high wall

I love our new 9 foot high wall

Crazy angle on Modnic the tiger yawning in hospital recovery cage

Crazy angle on Modnic the tiger yawning in hospital recovery cage

Not sure why the picture of the tiger came out this way

Not sure why the picture of the tiger came out this way