Feb 25 2017

Big Cat Updates

Wyeth & Nova, Rehab Bobcats are both outside in the New Bobcat Rehab Center.  Nova is in the cage with the crape myrtles by the wall. Wyeth is in the palm tree cage next door. They both only have access to the two 6 foot high cages.


 Facebook Live Video Replays

VIDEO:  Seth Tiger on the Lakeside habitat at Big Cat Rescue.  Watch more at explore.org/tigerlake

Published by Explore.org/BigCatRescue


VIDEO: 2/25/2017 Nova & Wyeth Move Outside to the Brand New Rehab Center


VIDEO:  2/25/2017  Big Cats Getting Popsicles with Keeper Afton

Leopard Sabre, Cougars:  Mac, Mickey, Aspen, and Reise


VIDEO:  2/25/2017 Live on The Dodo – Big Cats get Popsicles


VIDEO:  Let’s Put a Stop to Bobcat Trapping


VIDEO:  Oops – Starting the afternoon with a few giggles.

 Keeper Corner

Note To Viewers:  GUESS WHAT!!  COMING SOON!!  Keeper Candy C. has answered a questionnaire about being a keeper at big Cat Rescue  I am just waiting on another keeper to take a new photo of her, then will post that for you.  YOU ASKED for more info about the keepers and Candy C. has responded.


It was a busy day caring for the cats and getting everyone moved. I did have a chance to get this photo of Zabu while I was out and about. ~Keeper Afton

 People Often Ask

At least once a week someone calls me, all excited, to report a “black panther” sighting.

Today, for the first time ever, someone actually sent me a photo of a black leopard walking along side the road.  See the image below:

Black Leopard photo originated in India

So, I sent the following email, (w/ names changed to protect the innocent and not so innocent) including the photo above to the FWC and USDA:

Dear FWC and USDA,

In case you know owners in the area who could be missing a male black leopard this photo (attached) was taken a week and a half ago by a woman on her way home at midnight from the store where she works. A neighbor (Mary) saw the photo just now, called me and forwarded it to me.

I am waiting for Ms. XXX (last name unknown) to call me back. It’s her daughter who took the photo. Both the mother and daughter work at the XXX store in Orange City. The mother, Ms. XXX, is the manager there.

This screenshot is the area where the photo was taken and the photo is clearly a black leopard.

Fake leopard spotting in Orange City, FL

The person who saw the cat came up behind him and said he is a male. She drove right up beside him, on Foothills Farms Road, to get the photo and said the cat seemed unconcerned with her.

The reflection, right behind his face, is from her flash on a no trespassing sign.

Mary was the caller. Ph# 386-xxx-xxxx She said she feels like a nosey neighbor, getting into the middle of this, but worries that someone will hurt the cat. She claims there have been reports for years out here of a big black cat taking cats, dogs and chickens.

The cat looks young to me, but maybe you have a licensee who has had more than one escape over the years?

If Jane contacts me, I’ll copy you with her contact info.


Later in the day, I get this email from the FWC investigator:


Reference: Black Leopard spotted in Orange City, FL (photo evidence)

A check of Foothill Farms Road in Orange City resulted in no evidence of large cat or identifying location where photograph was taken.

XXX store Manager XXX was contacted. Ms. XXX advised her daughter XXX had taken the photograph and forwarded it to her phone. Ms. XXX advised she would have her daughter call me.

A check of internet revealed the photograph was taken in India. The photograph was in a National Geographic Publication, Explore Journal Article:

Top Photos: 20 Years Camera-trapping India’s Elusive Carnivores Posted by Krithi Karanth of Wildlife Conservation Society, Centre for Wildlife Studies in Explorers Journal on January 22, 2014. http://voices. nationalgeographic.com/2014/ 01/22/top-photos-20-years- camera-trapping-indias- elusive-carnivores/

XXX (the daughter) contacted me by phone and eventually admitted she had screenshot the photograph from the internet and sent it to her mother. XXX was re-contacted and informed of the results of the inquiry with her daughter. XXX advised her daughter had used the created incident to explain her being out late.

Disposition: Unfounded


 Unwanted Gift Cards?

Donate Unwanted Gift Cards to Save Big Cats!

You probably have a wallet full of gift cards you are never going to use, or finish using. Donate any unwanted gift cards and they will go directly to helping Big Cat Rescue. Your gift card donations are greatly appreciated! Donate them here: Nonprofitgiftcard.com/bcr

 Featured Big Cat

Per Viewer Request:  Here are some more photos of Ares, Orion, & Artemis, including some baby photos.

These three siblings were featured in yesterday’s update.  They are the cats we nick named “the cubs” because they arrived here as cubs several years ago after their mother was killed by a hunter.  We wish they could have been rehabbed and released back to the wild but we are not allowed to release cougars.

Yesterday’s update told you about their purr-sonalities and also how to tell them apart.  Today’s update, per viewer request, will have some photos and videos of them for you to enjoy.


To see photos of “The Cubs” when they were tiny and being bottle fed at Big Cat Rescue, right after their mother was killed by a hunter, check out the Winter 2005 issue of The Big Cat Times:  https://bigcatrescue.org/000news/Advocat/2005-4.pdf It is a PDF file that will open in your intern browser, it might be slow, but will be worth the wait.


“The Cubs” on their first day moving to an outside enclosure in December 2005.  These photos we taken by Jamie and there are hi-resolution versions available for sale.

Note To Viewers:  There are more photos from that day. IF YOU WANT me to post them tomorrow, let me know by email, message, or on the comments below.

Note To Viewers:  Remember, if this gets to be too many photos for the pages to load on your device PLEASE let me know to put fewer photos in the featured cat section.

“The Cubs” a little older.


Photos of Ares & Orion as adults.

The boys like to “THINK” they are large and in charge.  Well they are large, but it is actually Artemis who is in charge.  Occasionally the boys forget that and when they do she reminds them.

Artemis is pretty shy at time.

Artemis never misses a thing. She is always watching.

You can PURR-chase hi-resolution photos of Ares, Orion, & Artemis.  Proceeds will help support our legislative efforts save big cats.



You can adopt/sponsor Ares, Artemis, or Orion at:  BigCatRescue.biz NOTE:  The sponsor kit will have photos of them in it.

 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

There are some GREAT videos recorded by viewers at explore.org/bigcatrescue that you will really enjoy watching.

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

Kitten clipart, cat art Animal Fundraiser

Here is the letter Carole got from Paul Giannetta.

Good Morning All 🙂

I am pleased to announce that I will be holding a fundraiser event in conjunction with Night Shift Brewing in Everett, MA, 02149. This wonderful evening will take place on May 23 starting at 6PM.

The proceeds will be split 4 ways among Best Friends, Big Cat Rescue, Melrose Humane Society, and Blind Cat Rescue. Plus there will be donation cans for each individual Sanctuary to allow patrons to contribute to any one or another. There will be many raffles and several free door prizes. In addition to fundraising, part of my goal here is to raise awareness and alert people to cruelty, puppy mills, fighting, hoarding, etc.

Several generous members of The Everett Men’s Club have already submitted cash contributions. Thank you, Gentlemen. Liz from The Brewery has been quite helpful in working with me and organizing social media. Thanks, Liz.

This will be a free event and people are encouraged to bring their dogs, or in some cases, the dogs are encouraged to bring their humans. There will be future updates concerning food and beverage plus doggie treats.

Thank you all so much.


Paul Giannetta

 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page https://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/

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

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