August 13 2017
Big Cat Updates
REMINDER: The new link for Big Cat Rescue’s official Facebook group has changed. The new link is https://www.facebook.com/
HEADS UP: At the bottom of this page are some REALLY GREAT video of the cats playing!! Susann Mesna, THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Andy, playing with his boomer ball, Priya running rolling and swimming, Tiger lake at night, and more. WOW, I got lost today watching those!! You MUST check them out!!
Evening Meds and Walkabout
We are thrilled. YOUR 1,054 shares made the following happen:
- The video had 146,000 views.
- It reached 1,275,384 people.
- 8,500 people liked it
- there are 2,685 comments
- 33 people donated a total of $1,021.
Watch our big cats LIVE any time at http://bigcatrescue.org/cams
I’m taking questions over at https://business.facebook.com/endangeredanimals
Priya Tiger goes for a swim. Watch more at http://explore.org/bigcatrescue
Andy Tiger waits for breakfast in his own lakeside habitat at Big Cat Rescue. Watch more at http://explore.org/tigerlake
Afton’s recent videos, in case you missed them.
Popsicles For Your House Cats: After posting a video of our big cats getting popsicles, many viewers asked it they could make them for their cats at home. Here is a video on how to make them!
Popsicles For Big Cats: As the summer months get hot and humid here in Florida, what better way to cool of than with an ice cold treat of a bloodsicle. Learn how they are made, and watch our big cats enjoy them!
Kewlona Bobcat is shy but sometimes her curiosity wins out over her shyness.
Keeper Rebecca Williams: Getting to know Chaos and trying to win her over with some treats.
Keeper MaryLou Geis: Gabrielle cooling off
Keeper MaryLou Geis: Banshee Bobcat LOVES his Coolaroo bed (a.k.a. Banshee’s Trampline)
People often ask: “Why don’t you set them free?”
Please keep in mind people make that comment BECAUSE THEY CARE. They are not making that comment to be argumentative. Also, please know their comment is not always meant as a slam at BCR so jumping to our defense is not needed in a case like this. They say it because they probably love big cats, hate seeing them in cages, and know nothing about BCR or our mission. They simply do not know the facts nor understand the reasons why we cannot just set them free.
Please do not make these kinds of replies:
- Educate yourself before you comment.
- How stupid can you be?
- What an idiot.
- Because they can’t.
I think you get the gist of what I mean. These kinds of replies will not help them understand. These kinds of comments will not encourage them to help make change. These kinds of comments will not make them want to become part of the Big Cat Rescue team. Instead, comments like that will ruffle their feathers, close their minds, put up walls, or send them away from our pages with a very bad view of us and what we stand for.
Negative replies can mean potentially one less person willing to learn the facts about big cat issues which can mean one less person willing to teach others which can mean cats who are suffering will have to wait even longer for a new law to protect them.
Think about it. They commented because they care about the well being of the cats and hate seeing the in cages. Look at it like this, YOU HAVE COMMON GROUND because YOU, TOO, hate seeing them in cages. So, instead of being annoyed by their comment view it as an open door, an opportunity and an invitation to teach them about big cat issues.
THANK THEM for caring enough about cats to speak up when they saw a cat in cage. Kindly them them know that wild cats born in cages and raised in cages cannot just be set free for many reasons. There are three main reasons wild cats raised in cages cannot go free. You can summarize one of all three. You could give them one reason and the link BigCatRescue.org/gofree/ or if you want to actually take the time to help them be someone who just might help teach others, it can take more than just one comment.
1) Law of Nature
In the wild kittens or cubs stay with their mothers from a year and a half to 5 years, depending on the species of wildcat and the environment. During that time the mother may nurse them for a year or more, while also teaching them how to hunt. Being able to kill something does not mean that a cat is a good enough hunter to survive in the wild.
2) Law of the Land
It’s illegal to release a non native wild animal. That’s true in the U.S. and would make sense in other countries. The reason you cannot release a non native animal (an animal that doesn’t normally exist in an area) is because doing so upsets the entire balance of nature. Nature is flawless, where man has not intervened, because there is a symphony of interconnected animals and plants that all work together in harmony; even if it also includes predators who maintain the balance.
3) Law of Common Sense
Last, but not least, most of the wild cats in captivity were born from generations of captive wild cats who have been selectively bred for characteristics that do not enhance survival. They have been inbred to create white coats, which results in a plethora of other birth defects and mental retardation. They have been bred to be used as ego props, with breeders preferring the ones who are the least apt to struggle against being held. That’s not a good trait when you have to fight for survival in the wild. Many have been mutilated by having their claws and teeth removed.
Let them know they can go to http://BigCatRescue.org/gofree/ to get more detailed information on the above three reasons.
OR, give them a summary of one of those reasons above and then try to turn the conversation into giving them the power to help change things. Let them know that you too, long for the day when wild cats will not have to live in cages.
This is why Big Cat Rescue does not breed, but instead, works trying to educate the public and lawmakers on the need for a new federal law that will make it illegal to keep big cats as pets and put an end to those cub pay to play and cub photo schemes which are the root causes of so many big cats in cages. ASK THEM to help put an end to big cats in cages. Let them know THEY ARE NEEDED and that their passion and love for big cats can save big cats if they are willing to take simple actions.
- Learn how and why the cub petting and photos schemes are the root cause at CubTruth.com
- Please, talk to people about this important issue.
- Regularly, make the Call of the Wild at BigCatAct.com
- Encourage everyone you can to make that call as well.
None of us can accomplish this goal alone, but working together, everyone who loves big cats CAN make a difference!
SUMMARY: If you do not have the time to answer them properly, simply tell them there are good reasons why they can’t go free and give them that link.
How we, and you, handle newcomers can really make a difference for all big cats who are suffering and who are waiting to be saved from abuse and exploitation. The issue is so much bigger then just commenting on a social media post. We are as active as we are on social sites because we are reaching out TO TEACH AS MANY as we can. Gaining new friends is very rewarding and we enjoy each new friend be we are not on social sites “just to have fun.” We are asking each one of you to help us, help us reach more people, help us teach more people, help us save big cats by changing how the public and lawmakers view big cat issues!
Every time someone makes a comment that could be viewed as annoying, misinformed, or even negative it needs to be viewed as someone who actually cares about big cats and just has not had someone care enough about them, or the cats, to take the time to lead them to knowledge of the issues. YOU have the power to help us build a massive team striving together to end abuse and exploitation. YOU have the power turn newcomers into valuable members of the team. You also have the power to turn newcomers off and send them away with a bad feeling about us having never learned about our mission.
Think back to your first contact with BCR. Would you have been inclined to make a second contact if someone had viewed you or your comment as stupid or replied to you in a snippy manner?
Someone’s first comment (even if it is misinformed) can actually be their first step in helping change things for cats depending our how that misinformed comment is replied to.
Lee Durbin: Loving the night cameras!!!
Matthew Barbario: I got a picture of Priya having her afternoon swim!
What is Amazon Smile?
Answer: It is a wonderful way to support the cats at no cost to you is to go to your Amazon.com account and sign up for Amazon Smile to have .5% of your purchases donated to Big Cat Rescue.
It is easy to set up. Once you do, instead of going to Amazon.com to shop, in the future you go to Smile.Amazon.com. Everything at Smile is exactly the same as you are used to at Amazon, same products, same prices. If you have a Prime account, it will still be there in Smile. The ONLY difference is that .5% of your purchases are donated by Amazon to Big Cat Rescue – ZERO cost to you, but it sure adds up for the cats.
To sign up for Smile just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3330495 and log in with your usual Amazon ID and password.
Once you have signed up, you should go to Smile.Amazon.com to make your purchases instead of Amazon.com. Just typing Smile into your browser instead of Amazon should take you there, or bookmark the URL, or, after you select Big Cat Rescue, you may see a screen like the one below inviting you to download a shortcut to Smile.Amazon.com.
Want to access your Smile account from an iPhone or iPad? Easy!
- Open Safari and go to Smile.Amazon.com
- Log in with your Amazon login
- Hit the SHARE icon at the bottom of the screen (the square with the arrow pointing up)
Hit the Add to Home Screen icon (the square with rounded edges with the + sign in it)
You will see an icon direct to your Smile account (including Prime if you have it) on your phone’s home screen.
If you have the regular Amazon app on your phone, it is a good idea to delete it so you do not forget and go there.
Smile.Amazon.com works the same as Amazon.com and has all the same products. The only difference is that it sends a half percent of your purchase to Big Cat Rescue. This has become a meaningful source of support that you can add to at no cost to you. Please sign up and urge people you know to do so.
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has chosen to support the cats through their normal Smile.Amazon purr-chases!! YOU ARE Making A Difference!!
How to Win: Make the Call of the Wild at https://BigCatAct.com Each day that you make the Call of the Wild Carole is notified and at the end of every day, Carole will run a randomizer to pick one winner every day. It is important that when you make the Call of the Wild that you use you accurate address because that is the address that Keeper Lauren Buckingham will then mail a Big Cat Rescue Supporter Wrist Band to the daily winner. LaWanna will post the winner every day on Big Cat Updates. When you see your name on the list below you will know there is a wrist band on it’s way to you.
Note about Security: When you input your name and address at https://BigCatAct.comit is a secure system. The system uses your address to connect you with the lawmaker for your area. We NEVER share your information with any third parties, ever!
- August 10, 2017 Brian G.
- August 11, 2017 Nicole F
- August 12, 2017 Mahaillie G
If you do not know what the Call of the Wild is check out the info at: http://bigcatrescue.org/cta-call-wild/
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- Jamie Veronica: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY6X3rUv8UlIUbrxNeu-Aw
- Susann https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFOZiTvzKRvj-oVbzdByvg
- Ruxandra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCsjKptd1gM9BhfDkGQGNg
- Donna P: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcFbhMc8Sqr-8MreWuYr4Bg
- Shawna https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfl9S-vDPJIgjl8QpM6Aypw
- Cathy S https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ynHBFLKj0BVnK5jo2gTnw
- Janie M https://www.youtube.com/user/donutgirl100
- Jaime T: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY_oF0NhXc5OS8CcTaUi2A/videos
As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/