Exotic cats visit California retirement community

Big Cat Rescue considers it abusive to take exotic cats out to events.


St. Helena, CA, Star
Thursday, August 17, 2006 1:18 AM PDT

“Anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human mind.” (Cleveland Amory)


The community is welcome to see some of these bigger, wilder cousins live! The Big Cats are coming back to Silverado Orchards Retirement Community on Sunday, Aug. 20. For details you may call 963-3688.

There will be five different species of wild cats. All of their names represent where they originated:

* Ashakiran the Snow Leopard (who last visited Silverado as a cub) means “Ray of Hope.”

* Nakuru the Serval is named after Lake Nakuru in Kenya. He will demonstrate his jumping ability.

* Kgosi the King Cheetah means “King” or “Headsman” in the language of Botswana. Kgosi’s movements are featured in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia movie. King cheetahs are unique in that they have racing stripes down their backs. World population estimates under 30 now exist.

* Shoshone the Mountain Lion’s name comes from a Native American tribe. He is a beautiful two-year-old mountain lion. Also commonly called cougars, mountain lions are the largest of the purring cats. However, you shouldn’t call “here kitty, kitty” and try to pet him.

* Oksana the Siberian Lynx is named after the Olympic figure skater.

Much more can be learned about life from nature, like our furry feline friends big and small, than from mass media and pop culture. The way to know God better is to be around his creations, not our own.

Take time for the great outdoors. Take time for God. “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor mind conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) Take time to expand your mind and live life to the fullest!



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