Big Cat Updates
Just got word that Moses and Angie can go back outside today.
VIDEO: 1/30/2017 Moses had Dental Work
Moses bobcat got another stick stuck in his teeth. He let Jamie take the first one out but this time the vet sedated him. The stick was easily removed but while they had him out they discovered he had some bad teeth, those were removed and he was given an overall checkup with blood draws etc. Moses is 15, almost 16.
VIDEO: Afton Checking on Nirvana, Angie, & Moses 1/30/2017
They are all awake and alert as you can see. Grrrrrrr!!
VIDEO: Breakfast with Gilligan & Skipper 1/29/2017
Breakfast time is the best time of day! Just ask Gilligan the Canada lynx.
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. Be sure to book mark BigCatRescue.org/win which is where you will post your answer to qualify for a future prize if you are the first one to get the correct answer.
Question: Can you guess how much Angie Bobcat weighs?
Winner: Danielle Cascone
Answer: Angie Bobcat is 15.4 pounds
How to Find the Answer: Watch the Facebook Live Video Replay on yesterday’s Big Cat Updates page.
Winner’s Chosen Prize: Sabre Leopard Bag
Custom made tote. 100% spun polyester weather resistant fabric, dual handles 100% natural cotton bull denim, bag 15″ x 15″, made in America.
Today’s Goal is 500 Votes, Will YOU HELP us meet that goal?
Will you take just a couple minutes to ask one of you friends to go to VoteCats.com to vote for Big Cat Rescue?
EACH VOTE can be worth $3 each, possibly even more.
As of 8:30 PM on January 30, 2017 Big Cat Rescue has 10,780 votes. This is a great number and we are very excited and sincerely appreciate all that each of you have done to get that many votes for the cats. However, for the cats to win the $65,000 they will need a several thousand more votes. This IS attainable. It CAN happen, but only with YOUR continued support.
If each of you would share this photo and PURR-sonally ask just even one friend each day to vote for Big Cat Rescue the cats can win this.
Are YOU Looking for a Project?
People Often Ask how they can help the cats. Others say they wish they could donate. Well this contest is a way everyone can help the cats win $65,000 without having to donate a single cent.
We NEED YOU, to help us ask people to vote for Big Cat Rescue.
Moses is 15 years old, almost 16. We gave Moses the birthday of Earth Day, because he was abandoned here with no note and no one to tell us what his story was. Moses was about four weeks old and near death when his carrier was discovered inside our gates in May 2001. He knew how to nurse from a bottle, which is something that has to be learned over a two or three day period, so we had to assume that he was someone’s failed attempt at a pet. With proper diet and antibiotics, he was soon well enough to be a playmate to Trick E., the Amurian Leopard Cat, however he quickly outgrew this small cat. He has been neutered and now and lives with Bailey.
Photo of Moses as an Adult
Moses as a Baby
Moses used to live with Anasazi
Bailey is 13 years old. Bailey’s mother was possibly a native Florida Bobcat who was killed in Odessa. That or she was a pet that was abandoned. Lost and alone little Bailey wandered out in search of the mother who would never return and was discovered by a local woman about the same time as she was being discovered by a hawk. The woman rushed to her rescue and thinking she was a feral cat, she called the animal shelter. The woman called Big Cat Rescue to see if there was anything we could do to save the tiny kitten, who was only about 5 or 6 weeks old, from being euthanized. We picked her up and will provide her with a home for the rest of her expected 20 years.
Because she had only had a few weeks with her mother, she did not have the skills and training that would have taken her mom one to three years to impart. Without her mother’s guidance in such critical areas as how to feed herself, how to defend herself and how to hide from man Bailey would not have survived a week in the wild. Because of being handled by so many people during her stay in the shelter, she was not a candidate for release back to the wild. If she were to find herself hungry and unable to hunt, she wouldn’t know that approaching a human would mean certain death. Because there was no way to verify her origins she could not be released, since it is illegal to release a non native exotic animal.
Photos of Bailey as an Adult
Bailey as a Baby
Bailey has the CUTEST pink nose.
It is sad to think that Bailey will never be able to roam free and make her own choices. It is even sadder still to know that more and more animals are being killed and orphaned as urban sprawl gobbles up the fields and forests that are home to so many wondrous creatures. The following year we had our first rehab and release of a native bobcat kitten. Read Faith’s Story.
Moses & Bailey – The Love ‘Birds’
VIDEO: Moses and Bailey have cages on both sides of the tour path with an overhead tunnel that connects them. Moses and Bailey enjoy being in the overhead tunnel looking down at the keepers and guests on the tour path below. They also enjoy playing chase up one ramp, through the overhead tunnel, down the other ramp, and back again. You can see that in this video.
VIDEO: Moses & Bailey are often seen grooming each other.
How To Tell Moses & Bailey Apart
Moses is larger and has black on his nose. Bailey is smaller and has a lot of pink on her nose.
Do YOU think this section about Moses & Bailey would make a nice mini book, if it had a little more text?
If it was made into a book which formats do YOU think would be of interest? PDF, Kindle, iBooks, and/or an actual printed book? Also, should it have more photos than this?
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.
- Little Dove
- Little White Dove
- Mary Ann
- Mrs Claws
- Running Bear
- Thurston AKA Mr Howell
- Tiger Lilly
Sponsor A Bobcat: http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/products/bobcat-sponsorship
Bobcats of Big Cat Rescue Mug – PURR-Fect Valentine’s Day Gift
Bobcats of Big Cat Rescue 11 or 15 oz. mug features a photo collage of several of the past and present bobcat residents including; MaryAnn, Lovey, Andi, Bailey, Moses, Mrs. Claws, Max, Little White Dove, Mr. Howell and Nabisco. This sturdy white, glossy ceramic mug is an essential to your cupboard. This brawny version of ceramic mugs shows it’s true colors with quality assurance to withstand heat in the microwave and put it through the dishwasher as many times as you like, the quality will not be altered. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
Here is the entire photo that is on that Bobcats of Big Cat Rescue Mug
Here is a small sample of other items in our gift shop that features bobcats.
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Hoover was moved to Seth’s enclosure when the vet’s gave the okay for him to be moved out of the hospital recovery cage. He cannot so swimming in the lake. Seth is still enjoying Hoover’s lakeside enclosure.
Nikita lioness is ready for her close up! She is such a big silly girl!!
Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue
Some of the viewers of the live streaming big cat cams take the time to record clips from the live web streams and post them on their YouTube channels for everyone else to enjoy. We will post one video each from a couple of those channels here. If you’d like to see more, please go to their channels to see LOTS more video clips of the cats.
VIDEO: Keeper Kneel Before TJ By Susann
Watch MORE video clips by Susann at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFOZiTvzKRvj-oVbzdByvg
VIDEO: Gabby Close Up By Ruxandra
Watch MORE video clips by Ruxandra at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCsjKptd1gM9BhfDkGQGNg
A viewer sent us a link to this book and asked that we share it.
Has any one read this book? If so we’d love to hear your feedback.
Animal Persuasion: A guide for ethical vegans and animal advocates in managing life’s emotional challenges
I have copy/pasted the Amazon Description here:
Animals need your voice to be heard. It is a compassionate and courageous act to stand up for animals in an uncaring global atmosphere. It can also take a toll on your psyche.
You may be walking down the street and notice a fur coat, or you may pick up the smell of meat from a food cart in your neighborhood. The sights, sounds, and smells of institutionalized animal abuse are everywhere. For those dedicated to exposing and raising awareness of animal cruelty, this reality can trigger intense feelings such as anger, sadness, and frustration. April Lang, LCSW, SEP, gives you sound strategies designed to help you more effectively manage these emotions.
Lang also presents some potentially challenging situations that vegans and animal activists may encounter in their personal lives at family gatherings, with their romantic partners, and with their children. She goes on to provide insight into coping with the thoughts and feelings that may arise from advocating and caring for animals.
Throughout the book you’ll also be reading the true stories of ethical vegans and animal advocates both their challenges and successes.
Yes, animals need your help—and they need you at your best.
About the Author
April Lang, LCSW, SEP, has been a vegan for the past fifteen years and is a passionate animal-rights advocate with a special interest in humane education. She is in the process of receiving her CHES certificate (Certified Humane Education Specialist).
Lang has also spent the past twenty years in private practice as a psychotherapist. She is particularly interested in the intersection of psychotherapy, animal advocacy, and ethical veganism. She has written several articles and blog entries on the subject and currently writes a column for LA Fashionista Compassionista magazine entitled “The Relational Vegan.”