hear big catsAndi

Female Bobcat

DOB 4/22/97

Arrived at Big Cat Rescue  11/30/01

Died 12/30/19.  In October of 2019 we discovered that Andi had bone cancer in her jaw after she had seen the vet for chewing issues.  We extracted the bad teeth, but knew that it would only be a matter of time before she would begin having more trouble from the cancer.  She’s been on pain management drugs and monitored closely these past two months.  Today she was brought in for a re-evaluation after having some days of not eating well, and there is nothing we can do to give her a good quality of life, so she was euthanized.

Andi and her two mates, a male and female bobcat, were bred for display at the Tennessee National Zoo, but were never used because they were very shy and hid from the public.

The three bobcats grew up together in a holding facility at the zoo. When we rescued Nikita the lioness, the zoo asked Big Cat Rescue to take the three bobcats as well. The male, Rocky, was neutered and the trio lived together for many years at the sanctuary.

Sadly Rocky passed away several years after their rescue. With out Rocky in charge of the bobcat group Sierra and Andi resorted to fighting for the dominant position in their duo. Their fighting continued so they were separated and now live in their own spacious enclosures where they can be their own bosses.

4/22/18 Andi Bobcat Turns 21

On her 21st birthday Andi Bobcat was reported to have jumped to her favorite box shelf, but then listed to one side before she face planted on the shelf.  She did manage to get herself situated, but Keepers and Coordinators continued to check on her because she didn’t eat and that’s very unusual for her.

She seems very unsteady on her feet and is holding an ear down.  An ear infection could affect her equilibrium.  The vets have been alerted and she was brought inside so we could watch her via a remote camera.  You can watch that same live feed below.

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  1. My heart is broken for everyone at BCR. Sundari two days ago and now Andi and Zimba. Run free baby girls and boy, you will be so missed by everyone.

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