April 21 2017

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Big Cat Updates


Sundari is on Funcation.

Joseph was a Super Star and came right home from vacation. Hoover will move tomorrow after the cage has been mowed. He got his meat Birthday cat a day early so Afton could film it. So stay tuned for that video.

Frosty, Diablo, and Zimba are locked into one side of their cages so we can clean and rake the other sides.

We had an awesome work group from Humana. They knocked out almost all of the exterior leaves in the middle section of center. They also raked 1/2 of Diablo's cage.

Thanks to Marie, Barbara, Lauren G, Gale, Erin C, Charlee, Melissa, Sheona, Sarah C, Candy we got all of Desiree's cage raked.

Jamie finished up the other side of King Tuts cage.

Tomorrow and this weekend the goal is to finish the servals and to get the empty cages on tiger row cleaned up. All volunteers are welcome to join in the fun.

The fussy cats for the most part have eaten well today.

That's all folks, I am outta here.


Afton's NEW Video - Watch the cats get Earth Day Enrichment

This would be a FUN item to share with your friends and Family on Social Media like Facebook, Twitter, etc to celebrate Earth Day, which is coming up, SOON.

 Big Cat Challenge

Go to the above video on our YouTube channel and share it on YOUR social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Here is the direct link to this video on our YouTube channel.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N0j_lqHg9k

If you have never shared a video from YouTube here is a link with detailed instructions and screenshots showing you how to do that.  http://bigcatrescue.org/share-youtube-video/

Facebook Live Video Replays

Cheetaro Leopard playing with a super-size carrot. SHORT CLIP

Live from The Dodo - Seth playing in the water hose.

More Kitten Fun

Facebook Live Contest

When you purr-ticipate in Carole’s Facebook Live contest you need to put your answers in the special form at BigCatRescue.org/win


Answer:  Andre 1/1/1996

Winner:  Lee Durbin

Prize chosen by winner:  Hoover Tiger Phone Case

Hoover Tiger Phone Case

Note To Viewers:  There are still some winners from 2017 who have not chosen their prize, yet.  If you were notified that you won and you have not yet, chosen you item, please contact me at lawanna.mitchell@bigcatrescue.org so we can get your item sent.  It could be it the email was missed or the spam folder snagged your reply.  So, if you were notified you won and have not gotten your prize, please email me.

 Foster Kitten Program

Viewer Donna Pickering:  I got a video of Jasper and Josie playing this morning. I also caught them spying on their neibor lol. Here are the links. I also took a pt1 and pt2 of Seth enjoying the lake. Take care, Donna Love Life & Keep Smilin’ ?

Kittens Spying on the Neighbor

Jasper and Josie Playtime! Apr 20/17



Women's v-neck tee features original artwork of China Doll the tiger and her intense gaze. Photo of China Doll above was inspiration for artwork design. Big Cat Rescue in green lettering and Panthera Tigris in orange lettering. Feminine cut with generous fit. Available in Charcoal or Purple. Remember to choose a size: S, M, L, XL, & XXL

 Keeper Spotlight

Hi! My name is Rebecca and I am a Senior Keeper at Big Cat Rescue. I started an internship here in October 2012; four and a half years later and I'm still here! BCR has changed my life in so many ways, most noticeably moving me from Great Britain to sunny Florida. I found a job to support myself and now I volunteer on the weekends. I feel very lucky being able to say I spend my free time looking after exotic cats.

As a Senior Keeper I am able to work with all of the cats. I help with cleaning, feeding, projects, tours and food prep. I really love doing the Keeper Tour and I also like representing the sanctuary at off-site events because I get to talk about my favorite place all day!

I love all the cats so much but I have a very special place in my heart for Zeus. I was at the sanctuary on the day he arrived, he was so skinny and had been neglected his entire life. But he seemed to immediately know he was home. He started chuffing at the keepers and got into the pool once we'd loaded him out of the transport cage. He has been so forgiving of human beings even though they inflicted such horrors upon him. He makes me want to be a better person every time I see him and I am constantly inspired by his quiet strength and grace.

Another way BCR has changed my life is through the fostering program. I learnt how to foster kittens during my internship and I absolutely loved it. Now I have continued that work and I foster my own kittens from SPCA Tampa Bay. I can't imagine my life without kittens in it. It is so rewarding seeing them grow in front of me and knowing I am saving their lives. And although my heart breaks every time I have to take them back, I am sent home with new kittens to love and take care of.

I am so proud to be a part of the work Big Cat Rescue does.

Keeper Rebecca:  Spending time with Zeus.

Keeper Rebecca: Foster kittens bring such joy to my life. These are two of my previous fosters: Eomer and Eowyn.

Keeper Rebecca: Operant conditioning with one of our newest rescues, Andy.

Keeper Rebecca: Operant conditioning with Nicki Lion. She is so huge!

Note To Viewers:  Please let the keepers, like Rebecca, know you enjoy their Keeper Spotlights.  They volunteer so much of their purr-sonal time already taking care of the cats that for me to ask them to take pix for me to post for you and to ask them to take the time to write things I can share with you, it means a lot to me, and I am sure it does to you, as well.

 Per Viewer Request

Twice today viewers asked me for the link a specific video of Amanda being nice and grumpy.  I am not sure if this is the video you are looking for or not, but I think it is.  If not, email me again and I'll keep looking for the right one.  This one is HILARIOUS and it captures the "Moods of Amanda Tiger" quite well.


After finding and watching the above hilarious video of Amanda (and nearly choking on my coffee from laughing so heard at her drive by roars) I searched Carole's new store, CatRescue.biz for Amanda Tiger items and found the necklace below.  Hope you like it.


Amanda Tiger Necklace

Amanda Tiger Necklace

Amanda Tiger protects her brothers, Arthur and Andre, from any perceived threat.  She's always on the ready to intervene in their brotherly scuffles or to get between them and any person who may venture too close.  She's tiny but fierce.

Channel some of Amanda Tiger's protective spirit with this lovely rendition of her by Tisha Broyles.

Feel good knowing that 100% of the profits from this necklace goes to protecting big cats, too!

See more at CatRescue.biz

Where's Waldo - Uh, I Mean, TJ

Submitted by Joann Dolce:  Look closely, this is a hard one.


Keeper Corner

Jamie:  Zabu took no time at all to level her Earth Day enrichment.

Viewer Pix

Viewer Renee:  I received my paw print ear rings today!!! I love them. Thank you for all the work and effort you guys put in to help these cats have such a wonderful life ..once they finally reach you. ❤

Viewer Kathryn Caswell:  I took this picture of Amanda and Andre during the live feed of King Joesph going home I thought Carole would like it!

We want to THANK Viewer Lesley Fishwick for setting up a Change.org petition.  It really warms our heart to see viewers caring enough to take action for the cats.


 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

Seth enjoying the water part 1 Apr 20/17

Seth enjoying the water part 2 Apr 20/17

TJ talking - Trying to get Seth's attention Apr 20/17

Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:

  WANTED – Graphic Artists

Carole is looking for a graphic artist who really gets what we are all about and would would like to help us with some graphics for shirts.  If that is you or if you know someone like that, please have them email Carole at cat@bigcatrescue.org

 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/

Bookmarking it will help you find things quickly.  That will come in handy for:

  • Helping us answer questions on social media
  • Finding answers to some of Carole’s Facebook Live questions

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