Jan 3 2017

Big Cat Photos, bobcats, A bobcat named Running Bear

Keeper Log

Jan 2, 2017 PM

Desiree:  upper back thigh is becoming matted in addition to matting at the base of her tail

Sassy:  base of tail is becoming matted

Joseph:  ate four more pieces of red meat, Keepers will offer more food throughout the day.


Jan 3, 2017 AM

Angie: ate good

TJ:  At breakfast he ate 2 lbs chicken breast and went back to sleep.  At 11 am he ate 3 lbs or red meat and pork.  Keepers will try again through the day to get him to eat more.

Running Bear: He had 5 bad teeth removed (live videos on yesterday’s update).  His blood work shows that his kidney disease has advanced. He will need to be on a soft food diet (no bones) until 1/17/17.

Andy:  Left his breakfast but was given more food at 10:30 am

Tiger Lilly:  Left some of her breakfast

Joseph: Ate 1 lb 5 oz of cut up red meat and chicken breast.  Later ate 1 lb of pork.  Keepers will try again through the day to get him to eat more.

Zeus:  Refused breakfast and eye drops, but later took 4 lbs of pork.  Keepers will try again through the day to get him to eat more.

Hoover: Refused food all three times so far today.  Keepers will keep trying to get him to eat.

Little Dove:  Made odd sounds when she was chewing her soft food.


 Foster Kitten Program Update

The Kitten Cabana was thoroughly cleaned today.  There will possibly be new kittens in there playing very soon.  They have to get another health checkup first.


 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.

1/2/16 Question:  Little Dove was rescued back in 1993.  How many cats were in the group that Little Dove was rescued with?

Winner:  Rachael Weiss

Answer:  56

Read more about that at:  https://bigcatrescue.org/about/our-evolution/


1/3/16 Question:  From what country was Apollo the Siberian Lynx rescued?

Winner:  Laura Hoover

Answer:  Canada

Apollo will be 20 in May.  Apollo arrived at Big Cat Rescue with Zeus from a Canadian fur farm on 6/24/97.  Big Cat Rescue started in 1992 with the rescue of a single bobcat, named Windsong, which led to rescuing 56 bobcats and lynx the next year from a fur farm.  More than 100 exotic cats were rescued from being turned into fur coats.

Read more about Apollo at:  https://bigcatrescue.org/apollo/


 Facebook Live Videos

VIDEO ONE:  Running Bear Goes Home & Walkabout

Watch Running bear go home, and see LOTS of other cats afterwards.  Running Bear, Little White Dove, Little Dove, Breezy, Apollo, Tiger Lilly, Nirvana, Purrfection, Joseph, Josie, Keisha, Lovey, Thurston, Tonga

In the walkabout Carole talks about Jamie getting totally grossed out during a seagull rescue.  Here’s a photo from the rescue:

Sea Gull Rescue


VIDEO TWO: Checking on Running Bear and Little White Dove

Running Bear is doing well the day after he had 5 bad teeth removed. Little White Dove has been missing him.


VIDEO THREE:  Moses & Bailey Stalk A Squirrel, Apollo Lynx, and Contest

Moses and Bailey Bobcat stalk a squirrel, Apollo Lynx and our FB contest winner Laura Hoover.


striped kitten art Notes To Viewers

ONE:  THANK YOU to EVERYONE who shares our live Facebook videos.   YOU are helping us reach more people!!

TWO:  The vets are having a big powwow to determine what to do for Charaka, one the new tigers.  The new tigers all arrived in need of dental work.  Charaka has been vomiting and seems as though he does not feel well.  We are planning on sedating him today afternoon between 3:30 and 5 PM.


 BigCatTV.com Past Videos

RESCUE VIDEO:  3 Tigers Rescued from NY “Sanctuary” Keisha, Zeus & Kimba

Published on BigCatTV.com June 2015

Big Cat Rescue saved 3 starving tigers from a New York “sanctuary” after they lost their USDA license and the animals were confiscated by the Sheriff’s Department… There are an estimated 10,000 – 20,000 privately owned big cats in the USA, cubs bred to be used as photo props and then sold as “pets” confined to tiny backyard cages, killed for their body parts and exotic meat trade or bounced around between different facilities.



FUNNY VIDEO:  Big Cats Like Boxes, Too!

Published on BigCatTV.com April 18, 2013


lynx leaping clip art Gilligan’s Big Cat Challenge

Cat Photo, Photo of the cat, Gilligan, Canadian Lynx

If someone were ask the following questions, how would you answer them AND what link on our website ( BigCatRescue.org ) could you give them to help explain it?

  • Why do most of the cats at Big Cat Rescue live alone?
  • Why can’t you give them a friend?

Put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this page.

The first purr-son to reply with the answer and correct link will win an Amanda Tiger Downloadable Sponsor Kit.

EVERYONE who purr-ticipates will get a high resolution photo file of Amanda they can print or have printed.


 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

VIDEO ONE:  Andy In The Pond, Playing With A Stick

By Susann


VIDEO TWO:  Afton Gives TJ Tiger Food From Feeding Stick

By Susann


VIDEO THREE:  Catch and Release

By Susann


VIDEO FOUR:  Mrs. Claws As A Kitten

Recorded Feb 2, 2016 By Susann


VIDEO FIVE:  Bird Watching With Nikita

Recorded Dec 12, 2016 By Susann


VIDEO SIX:  Spashy Hoover

By Ruxandra


VIDEO SEVEN:  Happy New Year Hoover – Morning Swim

By Ruxandra


VIDEO EIGHT:  Andy Dealing With Another Hard Day On Vacation

By Ruxandra


VIDEO NINE:  Someone Came To Say “Happy New Year” To Hoover

By Ruxandra


 Big Cat Facts – Siberian Lynx

This is Apollo.  The photo was taken by Keeper Brittany.

Photo of the Day - Cat photo, Siberian Lynx photo

Common Name: Eurasian Lynx, Siberian Lynx
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felinae (Lynx)
Species: lynx

Misc: The debate continues whether or not the Siberian Lynx is in fact a separate species from the Canadian and Iberian Lynxes, 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. In Scandinavia, lynx with spots are called “cat lynx” and unspotted ones are called “wolf lynx.”

Size and Appearance: The Eurasian Lynx is the largest of the Lynxes, with males weighing as much as 90 pounds. The fur is typically grayish, with tints varying from yellowish to rusty. They have 3 main patterns: predominately spotted, predominantly striped, and unpatterned. The coats are more heavily spotted in the summer phase, and almost barely visible in the winter phase.They have a flared facial ruff, long prominent black ear tufts, and long hind legs with a short black tipped 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 to inhabit taiga, alpine tundra and some rocky, barren areas above the mountain tree lines.

Distribution: Asia, Europe, and former USSR.

Reproduction and Offspring: After a gestation of approximately 69 days, females produce a litter of 1-4 kittens, with the average being 2. They weigh 8.75-12.5 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 are independent at the age of 10 months. They reach sexual maturity around 24 months for females and 30 months for males.

In the wild, Eurasian Lynx have lived up to 17 years, and in captivity, up to 24.

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. Hear our purrs, hisses, snarls, calls, and growl sounds HERE

Hunting and Diet: The primary diet for this Lynx is small ungulates such as roe deer, chamois, and musk deer, and in other parts pikas, large rodents and hares. In some of their range, they will hunt larger ungulates as much as 3-4 times their own size – most notably reindeer. In areas where there are no ungulates, but arctic hares exist, then they fluctuate cyclically, as do the Canadian Lynx.

Principal Threats: The largest threat facing this Lynx is the destruction of its prey base, loss of habitat and the increasing urbanization of western Europe. There is still some hunting of the Lynx for the pelt trade, but it is believed to be restricted to less than 1,000 per year from China and 2,800 per year from Russia. It is believed that both countries have been keeping those numbers well below their quotas, and each country has exported below 1,000 per year. That is a good sign and shows that perhaps there is some hope to an end of interest in these pelts yet. In the past numbers were as high as 6000 per year and have reached highs of 12,000 in a year.


 Global Cat News


Wild Tiger’s Fragile State Underestimated


Chinese Man Suffers Horrific Injuries After Being Mauled by Siberian Tiger in Circus Attack


THREE:  If you read only one news article, please read this one.

All You Need to Know About Roadside Zoos to Make You Never Go Again


cute tiger cub playing Cats On Vacation

Cheetaro Leopard is now on FunCation

Andy Tiger is now on Vacation

You can watch Andy’s vacation streaming live every day at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-vacation-rotation


 Big Cat Kids

Today we begin a new coloring book.  Each day you will get two new pages from the coloring book made by SparklyPony.com for an event we did a few years ago called “March For Lions.”

Here is the cover of the coloring book.

SparklyPony.com coloring book cover, educational coloring book about lions.

Here are the first two pages of the coloring book.  Come pack tomorrow to get the next two pages.

SparklyPony.com coloring book, educational coloring book about lions.


Kid’s Craft – Big Cat Door Hangers

Kids love door hangers for their rooms.  Each sheet has two Big Cat Door hangers.  Cut out on the solid black line and then cut the slip to the white circle.  Cut out the circle and that is where the door knob will go.

Click on each small picture below to get the full size version to print.

Kids Craft, Crafts for kits, Door knob hanger, tiger photos Kids Craft, Crafts for kids, Door knob hanger, lion photos

Kids Craft, Crafts for kids, Door knob hanger, lion photos


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