August 20 2017

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Big Cat Updates

Joseph’s birthday was yesterday but we are waiting to celebrate until Monday when Dr. Justin can be here.

Carole will be away giving two presentations.

We have discovered that Facebook only allows live videos to stream for one hour.  We apologize the videos sometimes get cut off, but that is out of our control.

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Keeper Angie Gabor’s Coordinator Report for Saturday, August 19, 2017

It was a hot and steamy day today. Lots got done.

We had excellent volunteers that came in to do projects. They sorted and moved cage wire, and cleaned the tunnel area between Kali and the vacation enclosures. They battled poison ivy and won.

The Windsong hospital was cleaned.

The other awesome volunteers we got, took care of our cats and got lots of sign offs today, from Feeding, specialty tours and enrichment.

ClipArt film Facebook Live Replays

Follow Carole as she trails Keeper Angie handing out Meds and Snacks

See Max and MaryAnn playing on their Coolaroo,

Stats an hour after the end of the video:

  • 27 people donated $625
  • 895,108 people reached

Answers to questions asked during the live streaming:

The space between the cages, where the keepers walk, is a safety zone so the cats cannot reach each other. At many facilities the cats share cage walls, because it is cheaper and easier to maintain etc. However, we do not want our cats sharing cage walls because they can injure each other through fence. In fact, Keisha Tiger arrived here with her tail missing and damage to her ears. Volunteers at the facility she came from told us the lion in the cage next to her ripped off Keisha’s tail. We do not want any injuries like that to happen so the cats do not share cage walls.

The Mosquito Fish have not arrived yet. Hopefully, this coming week. When they do arrive Carole will video and it will be posted on Facebook, YouTube, and here on Big Cat Updates.

The cats have a lot of shade, some cats have pools, some have mister fans, we give hose showers to those who like them, the cats get popsicles, etc.

 Carole’s Upcoming Presentations

Carole mentions her upcoming trips in a live video yesterday.  Since then many of you have been asking me questions so I asked Carole to elaborate for you.  So here it her response:

I have three upcoming trips:

One is the Amazon Non Profit summit in Seattle, WA where I hope to learn a lot of great ways to leverage the power of Amazon to protect big cats.

The next one is the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival where I have been asked to speak on a panel about the effects that Cecil Lion’s poaching had on changing hearts and laws around the world. My sub-segment is on the effects of the Zanesville massacre. This is the best articles I’ve read on it: and

My role will be to relay this message to the filmmakers in attendance in such riveting detail that it inspires them to continue to cover the story. If I’m successful the 18 Tigers, 17 Lions, and 3 Cougars who lost their lives that day will not have died in vain.

The next one is a conference of the good cat sanctuaries. We meet every year or so to share ideas, strategies and resources. My presentation is called Crowdfunding the Future. It is 21 income generating revenue streams that all sanctuarians can use to fund their work.

I apologize in advance for the many days that there may not be LIVE walkabouts, but I think you can agree that these are pretty important events to benefit a lot of cats.

 Was I in danger or did I just endanger myself?

That’s what I keep asking myself as the scene replays over and over in my mind. I was in a hurry to get to the staff meeting, so I took the short cut on my bike of traveling down congested Sheldon Road, rather than taking the much longer Tampa Bay Trail path. I prefer the trail, as it is shaded with great vistas of ponds, rail road tracks and pastures, but it adds another 15-20 minutes to my commute.

I was listening to a podcast, as usual, but broke from the trance of the talk as I approached one of the more difficult intersections. It’s where old Linebaugh Road dead ends into Sheldon Road and it should have just been abandoned by the county when they moved Linebaugh further to the north. It’s just a bad layout, due to the swamp on one side and all of the utility poles that cause the sidewalk to be a treacherous weave of concrete right at the blind corner. I’ve taken to cutting the entire corner off, when I can, so that I don’t have to cross right at the intersection, but that adds time, and I don’t have that this morning.

I decide to make my crossing at the light in the intersection and pull my bike to a halt as I can see a car coming in my peripheral vision. It’s in the turn lane and I know the car probably can’t see me, for all of the power poles and equipment stationed there, so I’ll wait until they make their turn before I ride across to the other side.

Instead, much to my surprise, the car screeches to a stop right next to me, half in and half out of the turn, which puts the small, white car in the position of being hit from behind because the next car to come barreling down through here probably won’t see them either.

There is no where for me to back up, to avoid being collateral damage, but before I’m through figuring that out, the passenger jumps out of the car. He’s a thug right out of central casting; Latin, thickly muscled, covered in tattoos, wearing wife beater tank top, a bandana on his head, gold chains around his neck and dark shades. If you were to describe the guy you would least likely want to run into in a dark alley, this guy is it.

He explodes out of the car toward me, but I don’t have time to figure out if he’s really trying to grab me or if there is some other reason that would make him jump out of the car at this incredibly dangerous spot.

Rather than sorting it all out, I glance both ways and see no other cars moving (there are a line of them waiting at the light) so I take off, into the intersection, across the line of traffic as fast as my shaking feet can pedal.

I don’t watch horror movies, but any scary movie always has the chase; where the victim keeps losing ground because they are turning around and looking to see if they are safe yet. I am not going to lose time. The guy looked fit. He could catch up to me on foot as I am starting from a dead stop. I just keep going and don’t stop until I get beyond the Costco parking lot to the new Linebaugh intersection. There, I have to stop because it’s 6 lanes of traffic converging in both directions, so I take that opportunity to look back.

I don’t see him. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Maybe not.

For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

ClipArt Cub in a cape Keeper Corner

Keeper Jennier Ruszczyk (married to Matt, Mac’s favorite keeper) led some projects and sent in some snapshots.

We had a great time doing projects yesterday. We will be doing projects again today from noon to 3:00.
We had a great time doing projects yesterday. We will be doing projects again today from noon to 3:00. More project fun!

Keeper Mark Mira:  Pharaoh is ready for breakfast

Keeper Mark Mira:  “I am cooler than you sitting on my coolaroo” Siberian Lynx, Apollo

Keeper Marie Schoubert: Keepers off duty. Karma, Lauren, Gale, Barbara, & Marie

Keeper Brittany Mira: Icing on the cake after a long day… watching my boy get a spice bag… and the enthusiastic reaction that followed ?lol Happy 19th Birthday my little lion man ?????????????
Icing on the cake after a long day... watching my boy get a spice bag... and the enthusiastic reaction that followed ?lol Happy 19th Birthday my little lion man ?????????????

The next items are from Keeper Afton the last couple of weeks.

Joseph, my love, happy birthday!!! You melt my heart every time I see you! ??
Joseph, my love, happy birthday!!! You melt my heart every time I see you! ??

Gale gets an unexpected surprise!

Andy is very handsome!

Handsome Skipper the Canada Lynx
Handsome Skipper the Canada Lynx

I had to be sneaky, but I finally got a photo of Sioux and Lakota together.

Big Cat Rescue is my paradise!!

Chaos likes the comfort of her den, but I found her relaxing in the grass.
Chaos rarely leaves the comfort of her den, but I found her relaxing in the grass.

This is Reise yesterday afternoon gobbling up some lunch.

Let’s end the day with Hoover, shall we?!

clipart lynx leaping Bobcat Rehab

Check out these cool pics of Cooper in the rehab enclosure captured by watchers.  My apologies, I do not know whose these are.  If they are yours, let me know so I can give proper credit.

Photos by Big Cat Friend Kristine Metzner: Cooper was napping on top of the high platform, when he woke up, bathed a bit and then he climbed down off of the top of the platform. It was SO cute the way that he climbed off of there…I wish I had thought to record him. I did get these two photos, though. So adorable! <3
Cooper was napping on top of the high platform, when he woke up, bathed a bit and then he climbed down off of the top of the platform. It was SO cute the way that he climbed off of there...I wish I had thought to record him. I did get these two photos, though. So adorable! <3 

Get Cooper’s whole story at

Clipart lion Joseph’s Photo Album

FUN PROJECT for online viewers.  Go through the photos in Joseph’s Facebook photo album and add fun or funny captions.  Later on, if it has a lot of purr-ticiation, I’ll make the photos and captions into a digital book, (iBooks, Nook, Kindle, & downloadable/printable PDF)  If, this is popular, I’ll go back through older harddrives and find more photos of Joseph.

 Viewer Pix

Big Cat Friend Jay Smithingell:  Welcome to the sanctuary of the humane race! I believe it is because we are connected to each other, every one of us, and it takes us all to make a difference in the lives of the cats. Each of us brings different talents and strengths and at big cat rescue all of the above are utilized and respected. is not just a sanctuary for a few big cats it is a sanctuary for us all. So come visit and take a live tour with Carole Baskin, or watch big cats live on you can even make some new friends along the way and learn all about taking care of exotic cats! Welcome to a place of love and belonging for all!

Viewer photos from the Evening Meds & Snack Walkabout videos of the last couple of days.

Big Cat Friend Barb Colvin: Cougars, leopards, Mickey, Zabu,


Big Cat Friend Holle Kopacz: We all love this gentle giant xoxox – Cameron and his beloved tree, The beauty of Zabu


Big Cat Friend Diane Buckler:  Beautiful Ginger Posing, Sweet Reise, Sweet Mickey with his feets crossed, Beautiful Mac, Servie Serval on Coolaroo bed, and a birthday card for Joseph.



 Viewer Photos, in General

Big Cat Friend, Lee Durbin: Happy Birthday Joseph! This one’s for you !!! ?????????
Happy Birthday Joseph! This one's for you !!! ?????????

 Viewer Photos from the cats’ live webcams at

Big Cat Friend:  Rob Rager: Andy is one soggy Tiger!
Andy swimming in the rain?
Andy is one soggy Tiger!

 Viewer Videos From

Note to Viewers:  If you take videos of the cats and upload them to your YouTube channel, please send the link to lawanna.mitchell@bigcatresucue.corg

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

 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page

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

 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


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