Big Cat Updates
- An important WIN FOR CATS!
- Happy Birthday Simba, the hybrid
- Interesting video from YouTube
- Punkin the orphaned squirrel update
- Smalls Bobcat Update
- & MUCH MORE
Alexa Flash Briefing
In case you have missed previous days’ news briefings you can find them all at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCPv8ivo6o4CZHFifkfRYDw
Happy Birthday Simba Hybrid
Happy Birthday, Simba Savannah! Simba turned 14 on 4/1/2019 – He is one of our newest residents and we are thrilled with how well he settled right in! Nom Nom Nom…
Sponsor Simba here:
Smalls Bobcat Update
Smalls Bobcat is starting to act like herself again. She ate about half of her diet and took a couple of treats from the feeding stick. This afternoon she played with her spice bag, checked out her new/old tree stump and ran around a bit. The grudge is starting to fade but she is still paranoid over every little noise so it’ll just take some more time ❤️?❤️
Another WIN FOR CATS!!
The USDA finally agreed to something NEAVS supporters have demanded for over a year: End the kitten-killing experiments taking place at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) in Maryland, and adopt out the remaining animals. READ THE ARTICLE AT https://neavs.org/blog/2019/4/2/win-alert-usda-ends-cat-killing-experiments-adopts-out-animals
Outreach at Eckerd College’s Sustainability Festival
This past Saturday, Denny was kind to take the lead at Eckerd College’s Sustainability Festival on campus. The college has always been supportive of our mission, and some of their students have volunteered at the sanctuary. Denny is a superstar when it comes to outreach events and regularly offers to help when I’m having trouble getting coverage. Thanks, Denny, for tabling at the event and sharing our mission!
Coordinator Report – Kathryn Stapleton
Great day today. Started out a little cool but warmed up quick.
Thanks to Marie Schoubert, Cindy Kuharek, Susan Reed, Amanda Fenick, Mary Jerome, Phyllis Middaugh, for coming in to feed and clean. Thanks to Jennie Jamison, Liz, and Honey for doing tours and helping in the gift shop. Tanya Chute and helpers got food prep done before lunch.
We were full for afternoon tours so Caity Christina and Brooklynne were busy but Amanda stayed late and helped Tanya finish the last 2 bubbles of Natalia’s cafe so she can go home tomorrow.
We also had 2 education tours.
Caity Farr and Brooklynne Dillon got to be a cougar by helping to put sand in a den. It’s a dirty job but much thanks for the hard work!
All the hospital cages were put away as well.
That’s it for me.
Note from Kitten Karma
Special thank you today to Caity Farr and Tanya Chute who backed up Jen’s special group tours. Also thanks to Elizabeth Heath and Honey Wayton for coming in to do tours.
Huge way to go and high five to Jennie Jamison. Not only did she do a private and regular day tour, she also watched the gift shop while I was in three different meetings and busted out a bunch of labeling and put merch out on the floor. Thank you!!!
Video NOT By Big Cat Rescue
This video was not made by Big Cat Rescue but we saw it on YouTube today. I’d love to meet the woman who created this video. While she used humor effectively to convey who I think Joe Exotic really is, she also had some amazing archives of video to show how he was instructing others in the industry to mislead their USDA inspectors.
At the trial, witnesses who had been in the cub selling industry for more than 20 years testified that USDA never comes after them because they just mark the box called Donation on the transfer forms, and quietly take cash under the table. There is a network of illegal wildlife traffickers, here in the U.S., who were exposed in this trial and I really hope USFWS and USDA put them all in cages, just like what these breeders and cub petters have done to thousands of lions, tigers, ligers and other big cats.
Many of you followed the rescue story of Punkin the orphaned squirrel. I’m happy to report he is thriving in the wild and has made lots of new squirrel friends ?
Videos of the Day
Morning Q & A at Big Cat Rescue – Follow along as Keeper Brittany shows you many of the Tigers, Lion, Leopards, Jaguar, Cougars, Lynx, Servals, Bobcats, Savannah Cats and an Ocelot that Call Big Cat Rescue was Rescue Home! Cats Featured: Kali, Priya, Nikita, Natalia, Beacher, Cyrus, Chaos, and Ares!
I could sit and watch the beautiful Kali Tiger for hours. It warms my heart so much seeing her so relaxed and content. Watch the cats 24/7 on the LIVE Streaming Webcams at Explore.org/bigcatrescue – Find all the webcam direct links at BigCatCams.com
Priya Tiger strolling to the pond, rolling in the soft grass, and backing into the pond. Watch LIVE Streaming Big Cat Webcams found at Explore.org/bigcatrescue or find the individual webcam links at BigCatCams.com
Merchandise of the Day
Talented artist Tom Hutchinson created this amazing portrait of our beloved Cameron Lion – it is now available on merchandise in two stores for a limited time.
Here are direct links:
Please make sure you check the Size Chart for Amazon because sizes may run differently than you are used too.
You can donate to the cats at NO COST TO YOU when you select BCR as your charity on Amazon Smile and shop Smile.Amazon.com instead of Amazon.com. It is exactly the same as regular Amazon EXCEPT when you use the Smile URL Amazon donates .5% of your purchase to BCR. It’s added up to over $100,000 for the cats! — at Big Cat Rescue.
Photos for the Day
Sleepy Beacher Hybrid – I simply LOVE this photo! Photo by Level 4 Intern Tanya_Chute. Tanya is from Cape Town, South Africa and is a talented photographer. She has a passion for animals and has been a wonderful momma to many foster kittens during her internship at BCR.
Whose the most handsome bobcat to pose for Whiskers Wednesday?? >>•<< Dryden Bobcat of course! ❤️ Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!
Lovey and Thurston Bobcats wish you a peaceful evening of sweet dreams!