Name Our Newest Rescue, An Orphaned Baby Bobcat
Big Cat Rescuers Jamie Veronica and Dr. Justin recently traveled to Sanibel Island to pick up an orphaned bobcat kitten from CROW rehab facility. CROW staff received this kitten from nearby Captiva Island. The three month old male was found under a house shortly after an adult bobcat was discovered dead on the side of the road, a victim of a car collision. There are no wildlife rehab facilities on the island so the kitten was trapped and sent via helicopter to CROW. There he received treatment for a parasite infection and was put on a stable diet to increase his weight. Meanwhile CROW’s contact from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission had received a tip from our contact that Big Cat Rescue had facilities for rehabilitating bobcats and that we were currently in the process of rehabilitating another bobcat of the same age. (A young male named Gator, rescued from Gainesville, who’s story appeared in last month’s e-zine)
Arrangements were made to bring the kitten from Sanibel Island all the way to Tampa with the hopes of rearing the two bobcat kittens together. Having another bobcat for companionship at this impressionable age will increase their odds of surviving on their own in the wild incredibly. Our current bobcat in rehab, Gator, was very excited to see his new neighbor move in!
We need your help to find the purr-fect name for this new bobcat kitten. For just $1 you can submit a name into the Name the Bobcat Contest. Enter as many times as you like. Choose several names or increase your odds of winning by submitting your name more than once. Your name suggestions will help fund the ongoing care of both rehab bobcats, so it’s fur a good cause!
Picture All Wild Cats Living Free
Can you imagine a world where the only exotic cats in cages are those like the bobcat kittens above who are getting a chance to heal and prepare for life in the wild? Please watch this video and help make that a reality.
TAKE ACTION NOW! The Senate version of the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection act was just introduced last Thursday. A bill must pass in the House and Senate, so please send a quick and easy email at this link: http://catlaws.com
Tonga the Serval Cancer Surgery A Success
To our knowledge, only two white servals exist in the world: Tonga and his brother Pharaoh. The white coat is just the outward indication of the deleterious effects of inbreeding. White tigers and white lions are also the result of inbreeding. Tonga was 15 years old when he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Although most arise without antecedent cause, in many species, especially in white cats, prolonged exposure to sunlight is a major predisposing factor. Being a wild cat, Tonga lives outside, and what cat doesn’t love to nap in their favorite sunny spot?
Tonga had a reoccurring sore on his nose. It was treated with antibiotics and subsided, but recurred again in August of 2012. Something strange was going on and this time it looked much worse, so despite the dangers in sedating an exotic cat we decided to do a full work up on him first by Dr. Wynn at the Ehrlich Road Animal Hospital and then by Dr. Jen Coyle and Dr. Wendy Gwin at the Blue Pearl Oncology lab.
We were crushed when we heard the devastating news that it was cancer. After many tests and a full CT scan of his nose it was determined that the only way to save Tonga’s life would be to remove his cute little pink nose. The surgeons had to take a full centimeter extra, around the cancerous mass, in order to make sure they get all of the cancerous cells. That meant removing his entire nose, but the good news is that it is healing very well and Tonga has been allowed to go back out to his Cat-a-Tat. His surgery cost $3,500 but we are hoping that Tonga will have at least a couple more good years and live to our average age of 17. A big shout out to all of you who helped us give him a second chance.
Tee Up For Tigers
Join us for a special fundraiser golf tournament on Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at the Seminole Lake Country Club! Four Player Team Scramble. Teams may be comprised of all men, all women or a combination of both. An awards banquet and silent auction will follow the tournament. All proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Big Cat Rescue.
An entry fee of $100.00 per person includes; entry in to the tournament, golf fees, range balls, goodie bag, awards banquet, dinner, prize purse and of course prizes. Tournament participants are welcome to bring an extra guest(s) for $25.00 each.
Event Sponsors and donations for silent auction are needed. Tournament Chairman: Jenny Hastings 727
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