Canada Lynx dies in Hurricane Dean

Canada Lynx dies in Hurricane Dean

 

This is a headline you won’t read anywhere, but a story I knew you would want to know about.  Big Cat Rescue had been working with the Placencia Humane Society in Belize since February to try and relocate a Canada Lynx that had been confiscated by the government after her owners smuggled her into their country illegally.  We had everything ready on our end, but despite the best efforts of the staff of the Placencia Humane Society, the veterinary community and concerned citizens, we could not get the Belize government to pay attention to the matter and process the necessary paperwork for her exportation.

 

On August 21 Hurricane Dean slammed into Belize as a Category 5 storm, killing 42 people and doing 1.9 billion dollars in damage.   Dean was the first hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic basin at Category 5 intensity in 15 years; the last storm to do so was Hurricane Andrew on August 24, 1992.  Although Dean was much larger than Andrew, its Category 5 landfall was in a more sparsely populated area and thus far less damaging… except to the people and animals whose lives were claimed. 

 

Today, Pamela Keck from the Placencia Humane Society contacted me to let me know that the lynx had died in the storm, but also to express her sincere thanks at Big Cat Rescue’s attempts to rescue this very special cat.  You are the reason we are able to offer such assistance and I wanted to thank you. 

 

For the cats,

 

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

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