Big Cat Updates
Noel got the pins out of her legs and should be able to go to the outside rehab cages in around five days. See the video series below.
Devin Saari’s Coordinator Notes for Wednesday, 2/21/2018
Great day today with lots of volunteers!
Foodprep was finished before lunch
Lakota and Sioux’s enclosure has been started and will need to be finished. (2 of the 3 bubbles are completed) Steph came in on her day off to help!
Brittany made new cicles. (THANK YOU, EVERYONE, who has sent in tuna & sardines for the cats’ cicles!)
Enrichment and Operant sign-offs were completed for those that needed them
There was a new water cooler delivered and is sitting in front on the meat freezers
New asphalt was put down in front of the hospitals and it looks amazing! Just don’t drive or roll anything on it until Sunday.
Brittany and Bonnie have started to rake in Gabby’s enclosure. The front two bubbles are done but the back ones will need to be finished before she comes home.
LOVE This News!
National Geographic released this video damning tiger selfies and sent it out to their email list. I don’t know how big that list is, but they have 45 million Facebook fans, if that is any indicator.
I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Keeper Lauren is working on a really fun project for all of you.
She is doing putting together a map on our website that will have pin on it. You should be able to click on a pin to bring up a side bar that will describe the conservation projects we support.
Example: Clicking on the pins for say, Sand Cats, you will learn about the species, the conservation project, and see what Big Cat Rescue has done or is doing to support that particular conservation project.
While you wait for that fun project to be finished, you can check out some of the conservation projects we have participated in at http://bigcatrescue.org/insitu/
Noel, Wild Bobcat, Update
Wednesday evening Dr. Justin came in to x-ray and examine Noel. Noel Bobcat broke 2 legs in 3 places when hit by a car on Christmas Day. Today Dr. Justin is going to Xray her and if she’s healed enough, he will pull the pins out so she can go out to rehab for the next stage of her recovery. Coming in for the exam.
X-Rays – Watch as skilled veterinarians x-ray the cats and review their findings.
Procedure to remove the pins in her legs – Noel Bobcat is having the pins pulled from her broken leg repairs, and then 5 days more in the hospital, then she can go out to rehab. BigCatRescue.org/Noel
Facebook Live Video Replays
Wildcat Walkabout – Stroll around the sanctuary with Carole & Lauren checking on the cats who get evening meds and snacks. Some of the old cats do not eat all their breakfast so keepers go out to take them more food. Carole talks about conservation, the cats, projects, etc.
People Often Ask
Why Regulating Conditions Under Which Big Cats Are Kept
SIMPLY DOES NOT AND CANNOT WORK
The only way to stop the abuse of big cats in captivity is to ban private ownership. Trying to “regulate” the conditions under which the cats are kept by private owners is simply impossible. This has been proven by years of experience despite good intentions by enforcement officials.
This is actually a really interesting subject and involves things most people probably have not thought of. I highly recommend reading the article at http://bigcatrescue.org/why-regulations-wont-work/
Keeper Corner & Fun Photos
THANK YOU, from all the keepers, to those of you who occasionally send in a box of coffee and snacks.
About 20 of the cats here are age 20 or over so there are quite a few of them that are now special needs requiring extra trips back and forth to the food prep building getting extra food or a different kind of food, etc. I am constantly in awe of the care and dedication the keepers give, tailoring the care for each cat’s needs. The extremes these keepers go to making sure the older cats eat, or making sure the cats are warm or cool, etc.
We are certainly blessed with a team of loving nurturing dedicated volunteer keepers. Smile!!
You should see the look on keepers’ faces when a box arrives in the mail addressed to the keeper team. There are a couple viewers who, from time time, sends a big box of coffee, cookies, and snack bars. When a new box arrives and we put it in the Keeper Cafe for keepers to grab a snack they get pretty excited. LOL, it is kind of like watching the cats get excited when they see the sicle keeper coming.
THANK YOU, each of you, for helping make our amazing volunteers feel appreciated! You all rock!!
Cole & Marmalade's Corner
Here is a VERY SHORT video made by Chris of Cole & Marmalade. It features our very own Joseph Lion and precious baby Marmalade and promote BigCatAct.com.
It’s pretty simple right?! … It’s obvious to most people that big cats like lions and tigers don’t make good pets and they shouldn’t be constantly bred to exploit at fairs and in roadside zoos ?
The Big Cat Public Safety Act HR1818 is a federal bill that would end the private possession of big cats as pets, end cub petting, and limit exhibitors to those who do not repeatedly violate the law.
YOU can make sure this law gets passed by contacting your members of Congress and asking them to champion the bill!
Take action by visiting: BigCatAct.com
THANK YOU! 🙂
Note To Viewers
Big Cat Rescue staff try their best to be accessible to everyone, however, keep in mind there are VERY FEW staff members and literally a few MILLION viewers. Staff is getting literally flooded with text messages, private messages, instant messages, and phone calls asking about which cats are moving, etc.
Also, when a cat is in for a medical procedure it is very difficult for them to keep their attention 100% on the cat they are working on when so many people are blowing up their phones. Watch the videos, check the comments, ask questions there and BE PATIENT for the answers. Someone DOES check the comments after to catch missed questions. If your question is not answered, please email your question to the Social Media contact.
Staff cannot just randomly shut off their phones, even when they are away from the sanctuary, because that could potentially cause a missed message about a cat emergency. PLEASE, be considerate and direct your messages through our social media contact for things like that and be patient until someone can reply. If it is urgent she will relay it to the appropriate staff member. Otherwise, waiting for her to get the answer, reply, and/or post it in Big Cat Updates.
Social Media Contact: LaWanna Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message through our Facebook page at Facebook.com/bigcatrescue and patiently wait for a reply or check the daily updates at BigCatRescue.org/updates/
If you need to communicate directly with a certain staff member, PLEASE, do so by email no by instant messenger or private text messages. That way, they can get back to you at a time that is convenient for them.
Please Know: Staff wants to communicate with each of you, but there is only so much time in a day and they must care for the cats first before being available for messages.
Recent Letters To Management
FROM THE LAW FIRM OF CATZ, KATS, MOREKATZ AND A RAT
February 19, 2018
Attention: Big Cat Rescue Salon and Spa
Complaints against your business have been filed by our clients Reise Cougar, Gabrielle Tiger, and Joseph Lion. Due to the seriousness of these complaints, we are being forced to take the following actions.
1. You are under suspension until further notice, and your business is to close immediately. After our investigation you may be allowed to reopen, with the condition that there be a licensed professional on site at all times to monitor your services. Please post a notice to this effect on the door of your facility.
2. We request copies of the following certifications be sent to us immediately:
— the cosmetician’s license who paints paws instead of nails
— the plastic surgeon’s license who performs the tummy tucks
— the stylist’s license who provides hair care
— the staff responsible for the mobile recovery unit
— the person in charge of food service
Our clients are very dissatisfied with the service at your Salon/Spa. We have received photos of haircuts which can only be described as being done by a weed whacker, and tummy tucks with scars that not only are not straight but also are stitched up to look like railroad tracks. The mobile recovery unit can best be described as “bare” with no soft flooring or pillows, and we have been informed that food service after the procedures is non-existent and not even vanilla ice cream is available.
Further, our client Joseph Lion requests payment for an additional mailbox he anticipates will be necessary to hold the increasing amount of mail he expects to receive after his lion parts were put on display for the world to see.
We will be in touch with further instructions.
Huya Gonnacal, Partner
The Law Firm of Catz, Kats, Morekatz and a Rat
February 20, 2018
My attorneys at CKM&R have advised me not to speak about pending litigation … but I feel I must. As the King of Big Cat Rescue, I am shocked, appalled, and horrified at recent events. What happened to me shouldn’t even happen to one of those stinky tigers – which, by the way, we seem to be overrun with. When are we getting some lions, hmmm? Everywhere I look, a stinky tiger here, a stinky tiger there (except for Bu, of course). But that’s a discussion for another day.
Despite all my attempts to befriend Dr. Justin – offering to let him share my time in the VR, inviting him to visit my new platform – he continues to stalk and torment me. He has now resorted to trying to send Pokey in when I’m sound asleep! Didn’t he see the “NO POKEY” sign hanging on my enclosure? And PS to Dr. J – that tree suit is really not a good look for you.
Then he takes me to the Big Cat Rescue Salon and Spa. To put it mildly, this place needs some serious help. I expected to be treated to a seaweed wrap, a mud bath, wrapped in a big fluffy robe and have cucumber slices put on my eyes. Instead, I was poked, prodded, and had my lion bits on display for the whole world to see. My dreads were cut off, there are patches where my legs were shaved (really? REALLY?) and things were put in where things should only be coming out.
After the whole procedure I was finally covered up; thankfully the staff remembered to use towels that were the appropriate colors for a royal. I woke up with Billy Idol hair and painted feet. Not nails – FEET! Where did they get these people? Now I know what happened to Dr. J’s man bun.
Thankfully my attorneys at CKM&R have shut this place down. We can only hope it stays that way.
Joseph Lion, King of Big Cat Rescue
(Sent via Lori D., Secretary to the Cats)
Norman T Squirrel's Response
This is Norman T Nut-house’s response to the complaints against the BCR Salon and Spa.
LOL, Not only do the cats have a sectary to write them Letter’s To Management but the sanctuary squirrels also have a spokes person who sometimes weighs in on the happenings at the sanctuary. See what the scoop is at: https://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/view/ra96c6c4b887142ab96414f91e3e71469