Our beautiful and sweet Charaka Tiger has died. He was 17. His fans have been watching his recovery and even posted a video of him enjoying the fan below and two videos of him playing yesterday. (You can see those on yesterday’s update). He’s been eating, pooping, playing with his toy (and dishes) and we all thought he was well on the way to recovery. This morning at 9:26 am one of our explore.org viewers called me to say that Charaka Tiger had a seizure and wasn’t breathing. I was over by Hoover and when I got to Charaka he was not breathing, had no blink reflex and his tongue was blue. I pulled his tongue out to look down his throat, thinking that maybe he was choking, but there was nothing there. I called Jamie and Dr. Justin who rushed to the scene. When I replayed the Nest cam recording it looked like he finished breakfast and meds earlier in the morning and then at 9:15 went over and had a long drink of water and then came back to his platform and sat down. He licked his lips a few times, and then fell over dead.
We did a necropsy this morning and there was no obvious reason. His surgery site was healing well on the inside and outside. His organs look normal but samples are being sent off for further testing. He was still battling a nasty infection but you don’t just fall over dead from an infection. He would have stopped eating and declined if it were the infection. He’s one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever met and we are all just in shock.
As you can imagine, the keepers and staff are all in complete shock, everyone is devastated and in tears. We are going over everything trying to figure out what happened and why. We will let you know more as we find out more.
While our hearts are breaking over the loss of our precious Charaka there is good news on some of the cats.
Hoover is taking his meds like a good boy, he is eating off the stick, and is getting up and moving around, so that is all good. The vets are now happy with Hoover’s progress. Things are looking up for Hoover!!!
Joseph’s live web cam, with sound, is back up. THANK YOU to everyone who lets us know the second one of the cams goes down.
TJ ate a combined total of over 12 lbs yesterday. WAY to go TJ!!! He sure made the keepers work for it, though! Now, if he would just do that everyday we’d be thrilled!!! There is a viewer video below of TJ chasing and catching a bird. I can’t help but be sad for the poor bird, but TJ sure was happy.
These older cats sure keep the keepers running. Little Nirvana refused her breakfast but then was hungry mid morning so the keeper brought her another breakfast of which she thoroughly enjoyed devouring. Nirvana is 22 years old so when she says, “I’m awake now and I’m hungry” the keepers come running. Hmmmm…. I am thinking she just might be a little spoiled. She is a lady who likes to prowl all night, skip breakfast to sleep in, then call the keepers to bring her a big brunch. Nirvana, Nirvana, Nirvana, you are so spoiled.
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.
Important Reminder: As of 1/12/2017, we are starting a new way to purr-ticipate in our Facebook Live Video Contests. It will allow us to get the winner announced more accurately. Instead of putting your answers in the video comments you will go to BigCatRescue.org/win to fill out the form to answer the question. If you bookmark the form now, you will have easy access during the contest. The time stamp on that will be much more accurate making the contest more fair. From now on, Carole will always ask the question at the very end of the video so you won’t miss anything.
January 13, 2017 Contest Results
Question: When Seth came here he did not come alone, name one other tiger that arrived with Seth.
Winner: Barbara Paver
The way to find answer: Go to http://bigcatrescue.org/catbio/ to see a list of all the cats. Scroll down a little ways to find the list of tigers at Big Cat Rescue. Click right on Seth’s name to go to his bio page. On Seth’s bio page you will find some info about his rescue as well as link to see the full rescue info.
Prize Chosen: We emailed Barbara to let her know she had won, but have not heard back from her yet.
SURPRISE: EVERY PURR-son who PURR-ticipated on Jan 13, 2017 should have already gotten a hi-resolution digital photo file of Seth they can print for personal use.
Note To “Sabre’s Age Contestants”
When I sent Sabre’s photo to dozens of Facebook Live Contest Purr-ticipants, 4 emails came back as undelivered. So, if YOU did not get your Sabre photo it is possible your email address was not entered correctly in this form BigCatRescue.org/win when you purr-ticipated in the Saber’s Age Contest. One of them had 2 “m” in the .com and one has .sol instead of .aol. The other two I couldn’t figure out. I will not be able to take the time every day trying to figure out the email errors. So when you enter your email address in the contest form, please make sure it is accurate.
The circus is coming to Naples, FL with a big cat act and there is a group putting together a protest for Saturday, January 28th at the sports arena. They are asking for people that might want to join them. Get more details from Taylor Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
VIDEO: 1/13/2016 Facebook Live Contest & MORE
VIDEO: Short Walkabout With the Cats
Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue
VIDEO: TJ showing off his handsomeness to the tour 1/13/2017
VIDEO: Funny Squirrels – We can play while Seth is watching the fence 1/13/2017
VIDEO: Charaka close up 1/13/2017
VIDEO: Happy Seth loves the pond 1/13/2017
VIDEO: Inspecting the “Bird Bath” 1/13/2017
VIDEO: I will turn the world upside down to see you Seth! 1/14/2017
VIDEO: Happy Birds On Vacation 1/13/2017
VIDEO: Seth & TJ 1/14/2017
VIDEO: TJ, the Hunter 1/14/2017
TJ chased birds and caught one.
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Common Name: Bobcat
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Genus: Felinae (Lynx)
Sub-Species: L.r. escuinapae Mexican bobcat
Misc: This cat is named for its short tail.
Size and Appearance: The Bobcat is a medium sized cat with a ruff of fur around the sides of the face. They weigh between 13-30 pounds, stand 21 inches high and are 30-50 inches long. The bobcats in the North tend to be larger than those in the south. Their coat color varies and has been recorded in shades of light gray, yellowish-brown, buff-brown, and reddish-brown. They are always spotted to some extent, with some patterned only on the undersides, and others having spots on the sides and chest backs too. The southern Bobcats seem to have a more spotted coat, with the spots being much smaller than the northern cats. Both melanistic and albinistic Bobcats have been reported, but the melanistic ones have only occurred in Florida. They are often confused with their larger feline cousin the Lynx, 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: Boreal and coniferous mixed forests, hardwood forest, coastal swamps, desert and scrubland.
Distribution: United States and Southern Canada.
Reproduction and Offspring: After a gestation of approximately 50-70 days, females produce a litter of 1-8 kittens, with the average being 2-3. They weigh 9.75-12 ounces at birth and will open their eyes at around 6 days. They are weaned between 3-4 months of age, and reach sexual maturity around 12 months for females, and 24 months for males.
In the wild, Bobcats live 12-13 years, and at Big Cat Rescue they have lived over twenty years.
Social System and Communication: Solitary. Male territories will overlap that of many females and even to some extent another males, but female territories are exclusive. Males and females only come together at the breeding season, which is December to April. Hear our purrs, hisses, snarls, calls, and growl sounds HERE
Hunting and Diet: These tough little cats will eat almost anything, and are natural born survivors (except for man’s interference). Their primary diet is rabbit, but they also eat rodents, beaver, peccaries, birds and bats, and deer. They are also scavengers.
Principal Threats: This little cat was the most heavily harvested and traded member of the cat family for the past 20 years. In the 1970’s CITES went into effect and the pelts of the Appendix 1 cats became illegal and unobtainable, the price offered to trappers for a Bobcat pelt went from $20.00 to $600.00. This also caused the number of Bobcats killed annually to rise from 10,000 to over 90,000 by the 1980s. The interest in Bobcat pelts today was declining due to international awareness of the cruel methods of trapping and prohibitions against trade of animals trapped using these methods up until 2008 when Russia began buying all the bobcat pelts they could get their hands on. This surge in demand threatens to wipe the bobcat out of America. The bobcat also battles the ever growing human population and its destruction of all habitat in its path. According to 2001 statistics provided from actual sales of hunting permits, over 40,000 bobcats are still being killed each year. This figure does not include all the bobcats killed by hunters who do not buy licenses nor report their kills. Less than 3% of our population are hunters but they kill over 100 million animals each year for sport.
Status: CITES: Appendix II. IUCN: Not listed.
Felid TAG 2000 recommendation: Bobcat (Lynx rufus). Many bobcats are present in zoos in numbers that are deleterious to other RCP species. Although the TAG recognizes that bobcats have an important role in regional theme exhibits, it is suggested that AZA holders help reduce the North American population from morethan 125 individuals to 0. For zoogeographic exhibits, the TAG suggests that institutions consider exhibiting Canadian lynx, rather than bobcats. If theme dictates bobcat exhibition, animals should be acquired from other AZA institutions or from sanctuary or rescue organizations. No breeding is recommended. At the Annual AZA Conference (September 1999), the following four species were recommended by the Felid TAG to be ‘down-graded’ to a Phase-Out populations. For the jaguarundi, tigrina, and Geoffroy’s cat, these recommendations were made because of limited space available, the limited number of founders in these populations, and limited potential for acquiring additional founders. The bobcat was recommended for Phase-Out due to commonality in nature. Additionally, where zoogeographic exhibits exist, the TAG recommends exhibiting Canadian lynx rather than the bobcat.
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.” These are the last two pages.
ONE: Howard Baskin, Big Cat Rescue’s CFO, was quoted extensively in an excellent, in depth article by World Wildlife Fund in their Winter 2016 magazine. The cover story, called Tigers on the Rise, explained why breeding and possession of tigers in captivity is killing them in the wild.