December 8 2018

Gilligan, Canadian Lynx

Big Cat Updates

Happy CATurday !

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Alexa Flash Briefing

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Find all of the previous daily Alexa Flash News Briefings at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCPv8ivo6o4CZHFifkfRYDw

Coordinator Report – Sue Messineo

It was a beautiful day today! Lots of volunteers. Everyone worked very hard taking care of our cats.

Thanks to Alyssa, with Dylan’s help, for getting food prep all done by lunch. Alyssa went through the feeding buckets. She reorganized and we now have 1 AM, 1 PM and 1 extra for Cameron, yellow buckets. Keisha’s buckets are green. Andre’s buckets are purple and Hoover’s buckets are orange.

All of the picky cats ate very well today. Cameron loved lamb!

Tidbits

Buckets seem like such a simple thing but we use a ton of them.  Buckets are one of those little expenses no one thinks about.  Each day 300 to 500 pounds of meat is pulled from the freezer and moved to the walk-in cooler and meal portions are sorted into buckets that are labeled with the cats’ names on them.  The meat then safely thaws in the walk-in cooler until feeding time.

Where Can I Pet a Lion? **NEW PAGE**

Where can I pet a lion in 2018?

In today’s world, where common sense and the overwhelming public sentiment tells us that paying to pet a lion, or pet a tiger, or pet a lion cub, or pet a tiger cub are all despicable acts of cruelty against nature, why are people still trying to find those experiences? When there are literally tens of millions of pages of websites, mostly talking about the evils of taking cubs from their moms so people can pay to pet and bottle feed them, why are people still doing it?

ARE YOU AS ASTOUNDED AS I AM ABOUT THESE NUMBERS?

Where can I pet a lion?

This search on Google brings up 111,000,000 competing pages on the topic in 2018. Not counting ads about where to pet lions, the top result is a TripAdvisor review about petting lion cubs at McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary and going on about how they are not a zoo, but rather a sanctuary. Obviously, the person posting the review has no idea that sanctuaries DO NOT BREED more wild cats for life in prison. True sanctuaries don’t allow contact with their big cats either and don’t post those kinds of images of people petting big cats because that’s what is driving all of this abuse.

The good news is that a service called Keywords Everywhere reports there are “only” 170 searches for that “Where can I pet a lion?” each month, but that many ill-informed or cruel people are 170 too many. Keywords Everywhere also report there are only about 3 companies advertising for this search term each month. In case you are wondering how that compares to the public’s interest in lions, Keywords Everywhere reports there are 1.8 million people per month searching the term “lion”.

Continue reading this interesting info at https://bigcatrescue.org/where-can-i-pet-a-lion/

Education Department News – Jennifer Leon

I’m at Sanders Memorial Elementary this afternoon in Land O’ Lakes presenting to their students for the Great American Teach-In. (For some reason they hold theirs in December.) All in all, I’ll be speaking to 240 students about BCR, our cats, our work, and how they can help protect big cats! Pam, you’ll be happy to know that I brought hundreds of Big Cat Times with me 😊

Great American Teach In
Great American Teach-In

Videos of the Day

360 Walkabout with Andrew Sardone – Join Andrew on a tour. Be sure to use your mouse or finger to move all around in the video. This is a great way to check out the sanctuary and the cats.

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Walk along with Carole and Andrew.

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Cat Photos of the Day

Nikita Lioness and her ‘famous roll over.’

Nikita Lioness and her 'famous roll over.'
Nikita Lioness and her ‘famous roll over.’

Servie Serval has prowled the night away and now choose to nap the day away.

Servie Serval
Servie Serval has prowled the night away and now choose to nap the day away.

REMINDER: Check out the daily Big Cat Updates at BigCatRescue.org to see what you may have missed out on.

Pretty Priya Tiger makes us smile every day! When I feel like ‘getting lazy’ about making the Call of the Wild, I think of Priya and that motivates me to keep making that quick easy phone at BigCatAct.com every week. Photo by MaryLou Geis

Pretty Priya Tiger makes us smile every day!
Pretty Priya Tiger makes us smile every day!

From Keeper Alyssa Weber 12/8/2018: Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Reise seems to be having a wonderful day! I couldn’t get a picture, but this morning she was “chasing” me around the enclosure (safely and slowly) and she was playing in the ferns that were blowing in the breeze. 🙂 She’s been chatty and lively all day ❤️ So here’s a photo of her from this afternoon!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Reise seems to be having a wonderful day! I couldn’t get a picture, but this morning she was “chasing” me around the enclosure (safely and slowly) and she was playing in the ferns that were blowing in the breeze. 🙂 She’s been chatty and lively all day ❤️ So here’s a photo of her from just about 5 minutes ago!
Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Reise seems to be having a wonderful day! I couldn’t get a picture, but this morning she was “chasing” me around the enclosure (safely and slowly) and she was playing in the ferns that were blowing in the breeze. 🙂 She’s been chatty and lively all day ❤️

Big Cat Merchandise to Support Big Cats

We have a NEW batch of hats and the purchase helps us care for the cats!

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Search Hats at BigCatRescue.biz

Past Video – How Do You Pill a Big Cat?

Published on Oct 18, 2011 – HOW DO YOU PILL A TIGER?  Big Cat Rescue is home to 60+ Tigers, Lions, Leopards and more, many of our residents require veterinary care, watch how we administer meds daily to our cats.

PLEASE NOTE:  This video is several years old and some of these older cats have crossed the rainbow bridge.  I thought you might like to see how the meds are put together and given to the cats.  ALSO NOTE:  The message at the end to Text no longer works.  We now use BigCatAct.com instead.

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You can help us give the cats special treats for Christmas at BigCatRescue.org/turkey

Good night Big Cat Rescue Friends! 🌙
Gilligan is ready to settle in for a nice long cat nap!
💤🐾💤
Nite nite everyone! ❤️
bigcatrescue.org/Gilligan

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