Big Cat Updates
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Cougar siblings, Ares, Orion, and Artemis, have had a second meal added. Those three are so extremely active they are burning off all their calories. We want them to put some weight back on so each day they are getting a second meal. Merely increasing the amount of their breakfast would not work as it is already big. They get full and then leave left overs. So by waiting a few hours and offering a second meal, they are eating all of it. Hopefully, this will increase their weight back to where the vets want it to be. These three siblings are not picky eaters, they are not ill, they are just really active. They always eat well and eat plenty but they burn it all off. They have a lot of territory and they cover every inch many times a day chasing carts, chasing each other, chasing squirrels, and anything else they find to chase, lizards, frogs, bird shadows, chasing their toys that they like to knock around, etc.
Well, PURR-Fection Ocelot has been added to the observation list because one of her two piles of poop yesterday had a little grass in it. More than likely nothing is wrong but just in case she is on the observation sheet. She will be watched closely to monitor all movement, keepers will be watching for even the slightest behavior changes, her meals will be monitored, and her poop will be thoroughly checked. PURR-SONAL NOTE: I just love how intuitive and how attentive our keepers are. As many years as I have been here, I am still constantly impressed by the detailed record keeping that gets done daily. I am always amazed by the checks and balances and all the double checks that are done daily as well.
See the Facebook Live Video Replays section below for an update on Nirvana Ocelot and Moses Bobcat.
Yesterday, Honey and Linda rescued a Great Blue Heron from one of Priya Tiger’s dens. You can see the video of that rescue on yesterday’s update. UPDATE: The heron is now with a licensed rehabber. He’s a little underweight and his feathers are pretty rough. Thankfully, he has no major injuries. He will need time to grow back some feathers and gain some weight. When he has recovered he will be released.
This is a great example of why we cannot give captive born and raised wild cats live prey. Quite frankly, they lack the skills to kill quickly and efficiently. In the wild those skills are learned from their mothers. Without mothers to teach them they have not learned those skills. Learn more at: http://bigcatrescue.org/gofree/
VIDEO: 8:00 AM 2/13/2017 Bringing Moses to the Hospital
Moses the 16 year old bobcat had a cancerous tumor removed from his leg and paw today by Dr. Justin Boorstein
VIDEO: 8:30 AM 2/13/2017 Dr. Justin Checks Nirvana’s Eye
VIDEO: 9:00 AM 2/13/2017 Windsong Memorial Cat Hospital Surgery Room Part 1
16 year old Moses Bobcat is had a cancerous tumor removed today LIVE at BigCatRescue.org/vet
VIDEO: 9:45 AM 2/13/2017 Windsong Memorial Cat Hospital Surgery Room Part 2
To donate veterinary items check out this wish list: http://bigcatrescue.org/cat-hospital-wishlist/
Per Viewer Request: Here is an easier “Where’s Waldo” typo picture. This is one for the kids. The last couple posted were too frustrating for the younger viewers.
Prize will be a Hi-Res 8″ x 10″ digital photo of Pharaoh for everyone who purr-ticipates.
Attention Adults: You can still play, but please do not post your answer in the comments below too quickly so as not to spoil it for the kids before they get home from school. Please go post your answer at BigCatRescue.org/win In the answer blank tell me basically where Pharaoh is. Parents, please help your kids know where to go to answer. Having all the answers/emails there in one spot will make it quicker and easier for me to email out the purr-ticipation photos.
GREAT JOB, Everyone, the cats have 15,178 votes!
YOU Can Help us save orphaned wild bobcat kittens!
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Today’s video is a repeat in hopes that more of you will take a few moments to share it on your social pages / walls. (Links provided below the video)
Sharing this video frequently, adding your own text specifically asking your friends to vote for Big Cat Rescue can go a long way toward helping the cats winbig.
- Link for Facebook and other social media pages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aagoRRz5BtE
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Summary: We NEED ALL of YOU actively sharing and asking others to vote for the cats. We cannot do this without YOUR HELP!
This is a really great way to help the cats financially without it costing you a single penny.
This year marks the 3 year anniversary of Max and Mary Ann bobcats. They were introduced 3 years ago, and they are still in love!!
The Timeline of the Big Cat Crisis in America
Big cats don’t belong in cages. Whenever you see lions, tigers or other big cats on exhibit, take a moment to think about what it means to the cat. Big cats are hard wired to roam hundreds of miles and to be at the top of the food chain. It is cruel to confine them for the purpose of charging people to see an animal up close that would never allow you to get near them in the wild.
These cats have been bred just for the purpose of earning money for their keepers. The keepers have to sell you on a lie in order to part you from your money. That lie is usually to say that you are helping to save big cats in the wild, or that the cub was orphaned, or that the cub was rejected by his mother, or that the cats were bred to preserve the species.
The people who breed and use big cats this way can usually only use them while they are young. When they become too hard to handle, they are discarded or relegated into tiny cages for the rest of their 20-year lives.
Whenever people pay to support facilities or industries that make a living off captive cats, it diverts money from real conservation efforts. Big cats breed quite well. All they need are protected places in the wild and their numbers will rebound. The dollars spent to see big cats on exhibit would go a very long way to protect wild places in their native lands.
When someone suggests that you go see a big cat exhibit, just Say NO and you will be helping big cats.
Television ads featuring cute chimpanzees wearing human clothes are likely to distort the public’s perception of the endangered animals and hinder conservation efforts, according to a team of primatologists and a marketing professor at Duke University. Read more about why seeing wild animals displayed causes people to want them as pets.
At a 2002 meeting of the Tiger Species Survival Plan members it was decided that, “A second concern is the relationship between the Tiger SSP and the private sector, where many tigers (mostly of unknown origin) are kept. During the 2002 Tiger SSP master plan meeting in Portland there was a discussion of the appropriateness of handling tigers in public places by AZA zoos. There was complete consensus of all members in attendance that such actions place the viewing public at risk of injury or death, that there is no education message of value being delivered, that such actions promote private ownership and a false sense of safe handling of exotic big cats, and that the animal itself loses its dignity as an ambassador from the wild. As a result, the committee resolved such actions were inappropriate for AZA-accredited zoos, and that the AZA accreditation committee should make compliance of this restriction part of its accreditation process. This opinion statement was conveyed to the executive committee of the Felid TAG for comments and action.”
If you want to do something about it, go to: CatLaws.com
There are some GREAT videos recorded by viewers at explore.org/bigcatrescue that you will really enjoy watching. Here is a sample video.
VIDEO: Beautiful Priya in the morning, VR February 12
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- 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
- A Heart For Nikita https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxAXUTh29XWQw35acpU1Ag
Have you ran out of time to order a Valentine Gift for that special someone? Our online gift shop has some fun gifts you can buy and download to print. Are you far away from that someone special? Our online gift shop has some fun gifts that can be sent via email, too.
Check them out!
Downloadable Gifts such as big cats sponsorship kits are always fun gifts to give or to receive. http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/downloadable-sponsor-a-cat
These were made by Explore.org/BigCatRescue viewer, Silver.