Jan 10 2017

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Cat Updates

ALERT UPDATE 4:29PM:  Hoover’s surgery has been postponed.  The cell phone photo sent to the vet team this morning looked A LOT worse than the high res photos and videos Jamie was able to get this afternoon when Hoover came out of his den.  The vets have reviewed these higher res images and think that Hoover may just need a little more time for the swelling to subside AND perhaps get more injectable meds tonight to speed healing.  See graphic photo below.

The vets really don’t want to further sedate and operate unless it is life threatening and at this point they don’t think that is the case.  If it becomes life threatening then the last resort is a perineal urethrostomy.   That procedure will essentially turn him into a girl.  If we have to do that we will post to an update, but to be sure you never miss a surgery:

Go to BigCatRescue.org/vet and scroll down the page to the beginning of the comments area and look in the left column for a place to enter your cell phone number and when the surgery is about to begin we will send you an alert text so that you never miss a live surgery in the Windsong Memorial Hospital.  Again, the place to sign us is down at the bottom left of the page. Not sure where the sign up box is if you are on a phone or mobile, but it will be there somewhere.

Charaka is eating OK today, as it TJ and Joseph.  The keepers are over joyed.  They work so hard getting the few picky eaters to eat enough.  They make several trips a day back and forth to the food prep building to get different things for those picky boys to eat.  The keepers, and all of us get pretty worried when those picky boys do not eat as much as we want them to.  So on days they do eat well everyone is almost giddy with joy.

Charaka gets multiple small meals a day instead of one or two large meals.   The vet wants him eating several small meals a day with each meals consisting of about 3 lbs.  The smaller meals, given several times a day, are so he can digest it easier and move it on through and it does seem to be working well.

Hoover Tiger

There was concern that Hoover wasn’t healing well, but the vets think this swelling will subside.

 Announcing Facebook Live Winner

Each day that Carole does a Facebook Live video she asks a question and someone who answers it correctly wins a prize.  So, go to Facebook and Like our Facebook Page and choose to get notifications of our live videos.  Then participate in the contests, join in conversations in the comments area, too.

Question:  What is Hoover Tiger’s birthday, month, day, and year?

Winner:  Susann Mesna

Answer:  April, 23, 2004

The answer can be found on Hoover’s bio page at:  http://bigcatrescue.org/hoover/  Did You Know?  Hoover came to America from Peru.  You should go read about his journey.

You can find the bios of all the cats at BigCatRescue.org/catbio/ NOTE:  If you remember that link you will be able to find answers to questions like this one really fast.  Good luck in future contests.

Store:  BigCatRescue.biz


 Karma’s Foster Kitten Update

Jupiter, Mars, Neptune & Venus left today for their great adventure of getting adopted at the Humane Society! I brought back a very sweet mom with 6 two week old kittens today. Pictures to come once they’ve settled in.

For now Rebecca’s foster kittens from the ASPCA, Luke & Leia, are in the Kitten Cabana.

~Keeper Karma


 Facebook Live Videos

VIDEO:  Carole’s Morning Walkabout

Hoover Tiger will have to undergo a sex change to save his life tonight after 5 PM ET. His previous surgeries haven’t fixed the problem. Be sure to sign up for text alerts at BigCatRescue.org/vet so that you never miss a live surgery in the Windsong Memorial Hospital. The place to sign us is down at the bottom left of the page. Not sure where the sign up box is if you are on a phone or mobile, but it will be there somewhere. Meanwhile, we checked in with Cameron and Zabu and Kali Tiger.


  Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

VIDEO:  TJ & Afton Taking Meds on a Feeding Stick

By Susann


VIDEO:  Spirit Feather’s Time in Bobcat Rehab

By Susann

NOTE from BCR to Susann:  I cannot imagine how much time it took putting this video together.  Susann, YOU ARE AMAZING!!!  THANK YOU!!!!


VIDEO:  Big Bird Rescue

By Susann


VIDEO:  Andy’s Lazy Vacation

By Susann


VIDEO:  Max & MaryAnn’a Pre-Breakfast Dance

By Susann


VIDEO:  Saying Good-bye to “The Planets”

By Susann


VIDEO:  Making Sure the Keepers Hit 10,000 Steps

By Susann


VIDEO:  Andy’s Breakfast & Clean-up Crew

By Susann


VIDEO:  Beautiful Charaka on Jan 10 Morning

By Ruxandra


VIDEO:  Andy On Top of the Tunnel

By Ruxandra


VIDEO:  TJ & the Vultures

By Ruxandra


VIDEO:  TJ By Tiger Lake

By Ruxandra



By Ruxandra


 People Often Ask

How many cat do you have & where do they come from?

You can always find out how many cats live here by going to BigCatRescue.org/catbio/

The list of cats is divided first by species then each cat is listed alphabetically under their species heading.

You can get info on the cats three ways:

ONE:  Clicking directly on the cat’s name will take you to a whole page about that cat.

TWO:  Click on the ‘play’ icon beside the cat’s name will have a short summary about the cat read to you.

THREE:  By the menu on most of our web pages is a search icon.  Click it and type the cat’s name in and hit enter.  That will give you a link with several pages on our website that refer to that cat.


NOTE:  In case you forget, you can always find this link on the bottom of any Big Cat Updates page.


 Big Cat Facts – Canadian Lynx

Common Name: Canadian Lynx
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felinae (Lynx)
Species: canadensis

Misc: The debate continues whether or not the Canadian Lynx is in fact a separate species from the Eurasian (a.k.a. Siberian or Iberian) Lynx, or merely a sub-species. Experts are evenly divided on this subject, but for now, it remains a separate species based on its marked adaptive differences for prey capture. The name Lynx comes from the Greek word “to shine,” and may be in reference to the reflective ability of the cat’s eyes.

Sub-species: L.c. subsolanus – found in Newfoundland.

Size and Appearance: The Canadian Lynx is considerably smaller than its Eurasian counterpart, approximately half the size.  Its fur is usually white tipped, giving it a frosted appearance, and is only indistinctly spotted. The coat color ranges from a reddish-brown to gray, and also occurs in a rare “blue-lynx” which is the result of a genetic mutation. They have a flared facial ruff, black ear tufts, and long hind legs with a short tail. Their large, wide-spreading feet are covered in fur, which act like snowshoes, and are effective in supporting the cat’s weight on the snow. They are often confused with their smaller feline cousins the Bobcat, but can be easily distinguished by their tail tips. The tail of the Lynx looks as though it was dipped in an inkwell being black all the way around, whereas the Bobcat’s tail appears to have been painted black on top and white on the bottom.

Habitat: These Lynx are found in the broad boreal forest belt of North America.

Distribution: Canada, Alaska, and the northern contiguous United States

Reproduction and Offspring: After a gestation of approximately 63-70 days, females produce a litter of 1-8 kittens, with the average varying depending on the abundance of prey. They weigh 7-7.5 ounces at birth and will open their eyes at around 10-17 day, and begin to walk between 24-30 days. They are weaned between 3-5 months of age, and reach sexual maturity around 23 months. The number of offspring is directly related to the abundance of prey, as is the age of sexual maturity. When prey is very abundant, females will breed as early as 10 months.

In the wild, Canadian Lynx have lived up to 15 years, and in captivity, up to 21.

Social System and Communication: Solitary, except for females with offspring, or siblings who have just separated from their mothers who may travel and hunt together for several months before separating.

VIDEO:  Gilligan, Canadian Lynx Calls

Hunting and Diet: Unlike any other cat – this Lynx depends solely and almost exclusively, on the snowshoe hare. No other predator has such a strong cyclic prey base to which it has become uniquely adapted – both behaviorally and physiologically. The snowshoe hare population peaks every 10 years, and with it, so does the lynx population. When the hare population decreases, so does the lynx population. While Lynx will change their prey base when hares are low to include small rodents, ground birds, and small ungulates, the overall Lynx population is still synchronous with the hare population.

Principal Threats: Trapping continues to be one of the greatest threats for the Lynx, and as Lynx are easily trapped, when done during times of low numbers it makes recovery of the population extremely difficult. As is with every other feline population, these too face habitat loss due to destruction by humans. However bleak this sounds, the outlook for the Canadian Lynx is better and more promising than it is for many of the other feline species. Human kill over 11 million rabbits each year according to statistics provided from hunting license sales and kill reports. The snow shoe hare is the primary staple of the Canadian Lynx but due to over hunting their food supply is diminished. Hunters only comprise 6% of our population, but they kill over 100 million animals each year for sport.

Status: CITES: Appendix II. IUCN: Not listed. Threatened as of 2000.

Felid TAG 2003 Recommendation:  Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis). Common in Canada and Alaska, this species is included in the RCP because of its educational and exhibitory value, especially for North American themes. The continental USA population has been proposed for threatened or endangered status by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since the 1970’s but have been denied protection because it would interfere with road construction and logging in their territory. The present zoo population is considered too large, and the TAG recommends a reduction to a total of no more than 80 individuals. A regional studbook and a PMP management plan are recommended. The first stud book ever was published for this species in 2003.

VIDEO: Canadian Lynx – Species Spotlight


 Meet Gilligan

There are two Canadian Lynx at Big Cat Rescue.  Their names are Gilligan and Skipper.  They both have air conditioned dens and cool rocks to help them beat the Florida heat.

Gilligan’s Bio Page

Appx. DOB 1/1/07 – Gilligan’s age is unknown. He was purchased along with Skipper at an auction and years later rescued by Big Cat Rescue.

Rescued 5/5/13 – Gilligan had the tiniest cage measuring 5′ x 7′. It was also the dirtiest of all of the cages. The mud floor was not mud, but feces covered with a sprinkling of straw. It appeared as though Gilligan had tried to keep much of his waste confined to one area on top of his plastic dog house. He had perched atop the house day after day to defecate. The large pile of feces cascaded out of the side of his cage. It was clear that his cage had not been cleaned in several months.

Strewn about the cage were bits of meat, bones and fur. The dog house was too small for Gilligan to fit in and other than a small child’s play picnic table he had nowhere to escape the weather. He was forced to sleep in the open and surrounded by filth.

Because Gilligan’s cage was so small there was not enough room for Big Cat Rescuers to enter it with nets and a crate. So using wire that they had brought, they constructed a secondary enclosure to the door of his and inside placed the crate filled with soft dry hay. Gilligan was unsure about this new crate and despite its appeal of warmth and dryness he refused to enter it. He was left to contemplate entering the crate on his own while Big Cat Rescuers moved on to try and catch Skipper.

After Skipper was captured and carried to the Big Cat Rescue trailer, Gilligan had still refused to enter the crate. With no other options he was sedated with a blow dart. He quickly fell asleep and Dr. Justin did a full exam. After the exam he was gently placed in the crate and given the reversal agent for the tranquilizer.

When he awoke he was in a soft bed of hay being loaded into the trailer for his long trip back to Tampa.

Gilligan seems absolutely blissful in his new enclosure. In his first days he constantly sniffed all around soaking in the fresh air. He was also quite amazed with the wildlife that abounds at the sanctuary from cardinals, to lizards, to squirrels, he is very observant and intently watches as they flit and scurry about.

See the rescue video below.


 Meet Skipper

Skipper’s Bio Page

Appx. 1/1/07 – Skipper’s age is unknown. He had been purchased along with Gilligan at an auction before being rescued years later by Big Cat Rescue.

Rescued 5/5/13 – Skipper had the largest cage measuring about 5′ x 30′. He had a small plastic dog house and a plastic shelf precariously attached to the side of his cage. A large rabbit carcass lay rotting in the corner of his cage and the entire cage was just as dirty as the others, feces lying everywhere and urine soaked straw.

Big Cat Rescuers entered Skipper’s cage with nets in hand and a large transport crate. Because of his size and the fact that he was fully clawed the plan was to just corral Skipper into the crate using the nets. Well Skipper had another idea and ran straight into the net.

He was netted and then shifted into the crate.

Skipper was the first of the Kansas cats to exit his crate and begin exploring his new enclosure at Big Cat Rescue. He cautiously stepped into his enclosure while looking all around at all of the new sights. After a few steps he turned and looked at the Big Cat Rescuers who had just released him from his crate and then took a few big stretches before moving on and investigating every last nook and cranny of his new home.


 Skipper & Gilligan’s Rescue 5/5/2013

Read more about the rescue and see photos and videos http://bigcatrescue.org/most-daring-rescue-ever/


 Captioned Photo To Share On Social Sites

Have fun sharing this photos with your friends and family, today.


What kind of ‘tracks’ do YOU want to leave on the world around you?


 What Is ZooCollege.com Anyway?

Quite simply it is training that puts animals needs first.

Who can take the training?

EVERYONE!  Everyone who loves animals can take this training. It is open to ALL ages and to ALL educational levels.

What do I need to take the lessons?

You can use either your computer, tablet, or phone to access the online video lessons.

Who provides the training?

Big Cat Rescue provides the content for this zoo keeper training.  ZooCollege.com is modeled after the Keeper Training offered at Big Cat Rescue.  It is the only online, virtual training center, where you can test your skills against real life animal care challenges.  The lessons you will learn have been tested and improved over more than 20 years in dealing with some of the most dangerous and majestic carnivores on the planet.

With Zoo College you can pace yourself and test your knowledge, using all of the same teaching guides, videos and methods, before making such a huge commitment of time or finances for a biology degree that won’t give you any real sense of what it means to care for wild animals in a zoo or sanctuary setting.

How long is the commitment?

Some people have taken all the lessons in less than a month, others have taken longer.  You move at your own pace.  You can cancel anytime.  You are not obligated to take the lessons any longer than you want to.

How much does it cost & where does the money go?

It is a mere $9.00 per month.  Again, you can cancel any time.  ALL of the money goes to the care of the cats of Big Cat Rescue.

Not sure if I want to do this or not, can I try it first?

Yes, you sure can.  Just go to https://www.zoocollege.com/free-lessons/ to find THREE FREE lessons.  Take those and then you can decide if you want to sign up or not.


 Big Cat Challenge – Enrichment

Today’s Big Cat Challenge is to:

  1. Take the ZooCollege.com free lesson entitled “Enrichment”
  2. Then in the comments at the bottom of this updates page write one paragraph about Big Cat Rescue’s Enrichment program
  3. Write another TWO sentences about whether YOU think Enrichment matters or not.

The FREE Enrichment lesson can be found at https://www.zoocollege.com/lesson/enrichment/  It is a video lesson that is about 10 minutes in length.  The text for the video is there as well; reading it completes the lesson.

EVERYONE who PURR-ticipates and completes the three steps in this challenge between 3:00 PM January 10, 2017 and 3:00 PM January 11th will receive a hi-res photo of TJ Tiger to print AND their name will go in a drawing for a chance to win a FREE TOUR PASS or a downloadable TJ Tiger Sponsor kit if you live too far away to take the tour.


 A Funny for You Cole & Marm Fans

Chris, of Cole & Marmalade, used to live here in Florida. He made many of the videos you enjoy on BigCatTV.com.  He now lives in Illinois and I saw this posted on his Facebook page and about fell off my chair laughing.  Oh, poor frozen Chris!!  (Sorry, Chris, had to “steal” this funny photo.)

LOL, poor Chris, are you missing the Florida sunshine?

Cole & Marmalade:  The winter temperatures here in Illinois are FREAKING MEOWT! ❄ I’m glad I have my Marm hoodie to keep me warm 😉

Now that we have “picked on” Chris, it is only fair that we share one of his videos, too.

VIDEO:  Cat Mind Blown!


 Global Cat News


As Chinese Luxury Market Grows, An Upsurge in Tiger Killings in India by Sharon Guynup: Yale Environment 360  Click Here to Read Article



Once a trophy hunting concession, now a snow leopard sanctuary. Click Here to read the article


3 Ridiculous Reasons People Give for Keeping Exotic Animals as Pets  Click Here to read the article



Injured tiger rescued in Lampang Click Here to read the article



Chinese animal circus staff brutally tie up an endangered Amur Tiger so spectators can ride on the animal and have their pictures taken.  Click Here to read the article



Confident Lynx Reminds Skiers He Owns the Mountain Click Here to see the article & video


Taking On Big Cat Killers Click Here to read the article

 Big Cat Kids

Each day you have been getting two new pages from the coloring book made by Michele Katz ( CreationsByMit.com ) for an event we did a few years ago called “March For Lions.”  Each day you will get two new pages.


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