Jan 4 2017

Apache Bobcat, bobcat photos, cat photo of the day

Keeper Log

Covers Jan 3rd PM only and Jan 4th AM only

TJ: Ate 5 lbs 2.3 ozs of red meat and pork at breakfast. Keepers will try again throughout the day to coax him to eat more.

Hoover: Ate 6 lbs 1.1 oz of red meat and pork. Keepers will try again throughout the day to coax him to eat more.

Joseph: Ate 3 1/2 chicken quarters and a softball of mush. Keepers will try again throughout the day to coax him to eat more.

Cameron: Ate 1/2 chicken quarter and refused the rest of his breakfast. Keepers will try again throughout the day to coax him to eat more.

Little White Dove: Observed as eating very slowly and sticking her tongue out

King Tut: Left some ground chicken

Running Bear: Yesterday wouldn’t come out of den for breakfast so fed him on a special plate at the den door

Little Dove: Ate well, GOOD GIRL

Frosty:  Paraded around carrying his chicken. Perhaps we should start cutting it up for him.

Zeus:  Ate 1.12 lbs of pork with his eye drops THEN ate another 11.2 lbs of mostly red meat.


PROJECT:  Charaka‘s enclosure had to have the palmettos trimmed up really high so he’d stop eating them.

 Facebook Live Videos


VIDEO ONE:  Foster Kittens Play & Heal

Rescued kittens play and heal while they wait for their forever homes. Watch more at http://explore.org/bigcatrescue


VIDEO TWO:  Taking Charaka to the Windsong Memorial Hospital

Charaka, a 16 year old tiger, that we rescued a month ago has been vomiting, so Dr. Justin and Dr. Liz are sedating him for diagnostics. We are hoping it’s just a big hair ball, but will do Xrays, Ultrasound and blood work.


VIDEO THREE:  Charaka’s Vet Procedure

Charaka is a 16 year old tiger who has been vomiting. He weighs 346 lbs. Watch the vets do diagnostics that include X-rays, ultrasound and blood work. 2 hours later and we still haven’t found any constriction point or true obstruction. They are still doing ultrasound images to see if they can find anything there that would be causing him to vomit. He’s just so big that its been really hard to get good Xrays and good Sonograms on him. His blood work is OK for a 16 year old tiger. Not great, but not awful. He’s defecating on his own, so he’s not completely blocking, but something is making him vomit more than you would expect for a cat.



THANK YOU to EVERYONE who donated for these new toys.  All of our toys are purr-chased from WildlifeToyBox.com  If you have a favorite cat that you’d like to give a toy to, please email lawanna.mitchell@bigcatrescue.org and I’ll check with Jaime to see which toy they might like and which toys they can have.


VIDEO FIVE: Pharaoh, the White Serval Gets a New Toy.


striped kitten art Notes To Viewers

NOTE ONE:  Gift Shop Update

We ran out of 2017 Big Cat Calendars.  The gift shop has ordered another 150 calendars that should arrive any day now so you will still be able to get one.  We will announce it the day they arrive, then as you order yours we will ship them out PROMPTLY so you get them quickly.

2017 Calendar, big cat photos


NOTE TWO:  Spirit Feather‘s Release Being Planned

Spirit Feather will be released back into the wild sometime in the next couple of weeks.  We will, of course, video it for you.  As more details become available, we will keep you informed.


 Karma’s Foster Kitten Update

Jupiter, Neptune and Venus are back in the Kitten Cabana. Mars is home today as his eyes were looking a little inflamed, so he is being observed and getting medication. Still waiting to hear from the Humane Society for more kittens!  Karma, Assistant Manager / Master Keeper,  Big Cat Rescue

NOTE To Viewers:  You can watch Jupiter, Neptune, & Venus playing on the live streaming web cam at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana


lynx leaping clip art Apache‘s Big Cat Challenge

Apache Bobcat, bobcat photos, cat photo of the day

The purpose of these challenges is to help each of you become more familiar with us, the cats, what we do, why we do it, how we do it, the cats’ stories, big cat issues, etc.  All of this is so that we are all on the same page being a united force to get new laws passed that will end the abuse and exploitation on big cats.  The better we know each other and the better we all can explain the issues facing big cats the better chance we have of working together to end the abuse.

Tomorrow’s update will tell you why I chose this question for today.

If someone were ask the following questions or post comments similar to those below on one of our posts or on posts about us, how would YOU answer them AND what link on our website ( BigCatRescue.org ) could you give them to help explain it?

  • Your cages are too small.
  • How big are your cages?

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 Zabu Tiger Downloadable Sponsor Kit.

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


cute tiger cub playing Jan 3rd Challenge Winners

You guys are AMAZING!!! TRULY AMAZING!!!!

Your replies to yesterday’s challenge question were purr-fect!!!!

EVERYONE who PURR-ticipated please email lawanna.mitchell@bigcatrescue.org and I will email to you with a high-resolution photo file of Amanda Tiger you can either print or have printed by a photo service like Walgreens etc.

The winner of the Downloadable Amanda Tiger Sponsor Kit is Angie Leupold for being the first to answer correctly and to provide the supporting link on BCR website: bitcatrescue.org/solitary/

See, you guys CAN answer questions for newcomers on our social media posts!!  You guys are born Big Cat Teachers!!!!


Birthday Cat Art Tiger Stripes January Big Cat Birthdays

NOTE:  Usually when the birth date is the 1st it is because when we rescued them their records only indicated what month the cat was born, not the specific day.




African Servals:  


  • Baby Cakes 1/1 – 22 years

Canadian Lynx:



 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

VIDEO 1:  TJ Eating a Bit (Jan 4, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 2:  Nikita Itch & Roar (Jan 4, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 3:  TJ Being a Tiger (Jan 4, 2017)

By Susann

Susan, I LOVE THIS ONE!!~!!!! >..<


VIDEO 4:  Andy Eating Breakfast (Jan 4, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 5:  Charaka Getting Up (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 6:  Charaka’s Bath (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 7:  Charaka Waking Up (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 8:  Best Vacation Ever (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 9:  Andy Startled By Sprinklers (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 10:  The Kittens (Plents) Are Back (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 11:  TJ’s Food On A Stick (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 12:  Andy’s Brunch On A Stick (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 13:  I Can See All the Way Over to  Hoover (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 14:  Nikita Having A Chat With Her Ball (Jan 3, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 15:  Spirit Feather Caught A Rat (Jan 2, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 16:  Andy Playing With A Stick In The Pond, AGAIN (Jan 2, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 17:  Andy Playing With A Stick In The Pond (Jan 2, 2017)

By Susann


VIDEO 18:  Close Encounter With Charaka (Jan 4, 2017)

By Ruxandra


VIDEO 19:  Andy’s Afternoon On Vacation (Jan 3, 2017)

By Ruxandra


VIDEO 20:  Beautiful Charaka Eyes (Jan 3, 2017)

By Ruxandra


VIDEO 21:  Sapphire’s Vacation (Dec 2016)

By Ruxandra


VIDEO 22:  TJ TIger, On Top Of The World (Jan 3, 2017)

By Ruxandra


VIDEO 23:  Andy Tiger Says, “Birds, YUCK!” (Jan 3, 2017)

By Ruxandra


VIDEO 24:  Nikita Relaxing

By A Heart For Nikita


VIDEO 25: Nikita and a Cheeky Guest (Nov 17, 2016)

By A Heart For Nikita


VIDEO 26:  Nikita Watching the Cam Watching Her (Oct 14, 2016)

By A Heart For Nikita


VIDEO 27:  Nikita In The Sun (Aug 5, 2016)

By A Heart For Nikita


VIDEO 28:  Sleepy Nikita (Aug 7, 2016)

By A Heart For Nikita


 Big Cat Facts – Ocelot

Common Name: Ocelot
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felinae (Leopardus)
Species: pardalis

Misc: This cat is probably the best known of the South American cats because of its pelt being the mainstay of the fur trade, and for the fact that it was frequently kept as a pet. Due the fact that Ocelots are high strung, unpredictable, comedic little cats, humans de-fanged, de-clawed, de-scented, and altered these cats in order to make them conform to the “pet” industry. Like all exotic cats, these creatures, male or female, altered or not, spray a foul smelling urine on everything they wish to mark as theirs including their keepers. In the 1980’s, Ocelot fur coats sold for $40,000.00 and the live animal as a pet sold for $800.00. At one time, more than 200,000 ocelots per year were killed for their coats. Today, with laws prohibiting hunting for the fur trade, there are no Ocelot coats for sale, and the “pet” Ocelot is a thing of the past. At Easy Street, we have turned down offers of $15,000.00 for just one of ours!

Size and Appearance: The Ocelot is much larger than its cousins the Margay and the Oncilla, although they bear a striking resemblance. The Ocelot weighs between 17-24 pounds, stands 16-20 inches tall, and reaches lengths of 48-64 inches. Its coat tends to be more blotched than spotted, and the chain-like blotches and spots are bordered with black, but have a lighter colored center. These markings run the entire length of the cat. The ground color varies from whitish or tawny yellow through reddish gray to gray. The underside is white, and the backs of the ears are black with a central yellow spot.

In captivity, Ocelots have lived more than 20 years, as compared to 7-10 years in the wild.

Habitat: The Ocelot is found in very diverse habitats including rain forest, montane forest, thick bush, semi-deserts, coastal marsh, and along river banks, but it is never found in open country.

Distribution: Southern Texas, and every country south of the U.S. except Chile.

Reproduction and Offspring: After a gestation of 79-85 days they produce a litter of 1-2 young. They weigh approximately 8.5 ounces at birth. The females reach maturity at around 1½ years, and around 2 ½ years for males. They become independent at around 1 year of age, but seem to be tolerated in their natal range for up to another year.

Social System and Communication: Ocelots are solitary and territorial. The females defend their exclusive territory, which can be as much as 9 sq. miles, while the male’s territory is larger and overlaps that of 1 or more females (can be as large as 35 sq. miles). Ocelots communicate by use of scent markings which tells the males when she is ready for mating, and by vocal communications such as meows and yowls (in heat). Hear our purrs, hisses, snarls, calls, and growl sounds HERE

Hunting and Diet: The Ocelot is a terrestrial hunter and active during the night (nocturnal), and the mainstay of its diet are nocturnal rodents, such as cane mice, and marsh, spiny and rice rats, opossums and armadillos. They will also take larger prey such as lesser anteaters, deer, squirrel monkeys and land tortoises. They will also take advantage of seasonal changes and the abundance of fish and land crabs during the wet season. Occasionally, the will take birds and reptiles. However, the majority of prey items for this cat weigh less than 1-3% of its body weight.

Principal Threats:
Ocelots have a small litter size, one of the longest gestations and growth rates among the small felids, and a high infant mortality rate. Add this difficulty in sustaining its own population with deforestation and habitat destruction, and the survival of this beautiful little species becomes even more difficult.


VIDEO:  Ocelot Species Spotlight

Published on BigCatTV.com Dec 26, 2006


lion cub, lion cub clip art, lion art Ocelots At Big Cat Rescue

ONE:  Purrfection

Female Ocelot, Age 20 years
DOB 5/25/96

PURRfection was born at the sanctuary before it was known that no privately held exotic cats would ever be able to help preserve the species due to the inability to tract them back to the wild. She is the epitome of the perfect looking ocelot, which explains her name.  Her markings are extraordinary and demonstrate why this species was almost hunted out of existence for its fur.  She is much more timid than any of the other ocelots at Big Cat Rescue. While some of our ocelots were born here prior to 1998, we quit breeding ocelots when we learned that there are no release programs for exotic cats.  They can never be free.  They should never be born for life in cages.

An Ocelot named Purrfection, cat pictures, cat photo of the day


TWO:  Nirvana

Female Ocelot, Age 22
DOB 6/20/94
Rescued 7/24/94

An Ocelot named Nirvana, cat pictures, cat photo of the day

Nirvana came to Big Cat Rescue from a broker on 7/27/94. He had left her at the vet’s office for dead because she was so dehydrated. Ocelots were once in great demand as pets thanks to their striking coats and small size. However, as with most exotic cats, their unpredictable nature and propensity for spraying soon changes people’s minds.

Many of these once beloved pets end up abandoned, sold to canned hunts or ultimately euthanized. Nirvana was rescued and raised at Big Cat Rescue where she now passes the time climbing trees, catnapping in her man-made cave and spraying the unsuspecting passersby. Nirvana also participates in the operant training program and is one of the specially selected cats that BCR Interns work with each week.

VIDEO:  Nirvana Ocelot – Bio

Published on BigCatTV.com Nov 9, 2014

Find more about Nirvana at:  https://bigcatrescue.org/nirvana/


 Global Cat News

ONE:  Maharashtra Tiger Corridors to Get 2-Tier Security Force

TWO:  Despite New Jaguars in United State, Fed Release Plan to Recover Endangered Jaguars Only in Mexico

THREE:  15 Vegan Recipes Featuring the Biggest Global Flavors of 2017


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

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.”  Come pack tomorrow to get the next two pages.

 Big Cat Kids – Free Book

This children’s book is filled with bright colorful cartoon pictures as well as photos of real cats.  The story has some funny rhyming as well as some fun facts, too.  It is available as a FREE iBook for iPads, Kindle Book, or PDF for computers and everyone else.  If you want a FREE copy of this book, please got to ChatBigCats.com/books/ to request yours.  Nothing to buy, no tricks, no gimicks.

Free books for kids, free children's book


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