Four Bobcat Kittens at Big Cat Rescue
Here's an update on Phoenix and Captiva and our newest bobcat kittens, Rain and Dancer.
Phoenix and Captiva arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 6/25/2015 and Rain and Dancer arrived on 7/16/2015.
Phoenix and Captiva have been transitioned out to our huge rehab enclosure where they are learning to find shelter from the rain, where the best places are to stay cool during the day and are foraging on dead rats and chicks, using a Rube Goldberg Machine.
Rain and Dancer, named after losing our precious Raindance Bobcat at the age of 22, just got their SNAP test, first set of shots, de-fleaing, de-worming and are currently being kept in our West Boensch Cat Hospital onsite until they are big enough to go outside.
Rain and Dancer were found in the middle of a very busy, four lane highway in Lake Placid. The woman who rescued them took them to her vet. The tech on duty went out with the woman to see if they could locate the mother to no avail. The woman who found the kittens was so in love with them that she asked if she could keep them as pets. The tech told her that wasn't possible and immediately began looking for a licensed wildlife rehabber who might be able to prepare these youngsters for life in the wild.
It's fortunate for these kittens that she found Big Cat Rescue. There are a number of wildlife rehabbers in Florida, but none of the facilities offer the huge, natural enclosures, completely away from people with CCTV monitoring and proven methods for teaching the bobcats how to hunt and survive in the real world. Even though our facilities for rehab and release are the best in the state (and probably the world) we want to expand them so the cats have more room to build strong muscles and hunting skills.
We have the land, but just the first phase of construction will cost $80,000. If you would like to help click here or check out the way to give on Facebook just below the video.
Big Cat Rescue signed up with GoodWorld so that when we need the help of our social supporters we can just ask them to go to the comments section, in Facebook and write #donate and the dollar amount they want to give.
The first time they do it they will need to register with GoodWorld, but after that they can donate any time they want by just posting #donate $20, for example and their donation will be automatic, without the need for filling out more forms.
Once a supporter is registered with GoodWorld, they can use the #donate on any Facebook or Twitter site that is a member cause.
More about how that works here: http://bigcatrescue.org/goodworld/