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.
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.
VIDEO FOUR: NEW TOYS ARRIVE!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
- Until her release back to freedom you can watch her on the live streaming web cam at: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-bobcat-rehab-and-release
- Learn about Spirit Feather at: https://bigcatrescue.org/spirit-feather/
- You can get “Spirit Feather” gear at: http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/search?q=spirit
- You can help support our Bobcat Rehab & Release Program at: BigCatRescue.org/freedom
- Learn more about our Bobcat Rehab & Release Program at: BigCatRescue.org/bobcat-rehab/
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
Apache‘s Big Cat Challenge
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.
You guys are AMAZING!!! TRULY AMAZING!!!!
Your replies to yesterday’s challenge question were purr-fect!!!!
EVERYONE who PURR-ticipated please email email@example.com 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!!!!
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.
- Amanda 1/1 – 21 years
- Andre 1/1 – 21 years
- Arthur 1/1 – 21 years
- Gabrielle 1/1 – 20 years
- TJ 1/1 – 18 years
- Frosty 1/1 – 22 years
- Zimba 1/1 – 19 years
- Nala 1/1 – 7 years
- Ginger 1/1 – 8 years
- Servie 1/1 – 17 years
- Desiree 1/1 – 12 years
- Baby Cakes 1/1 – 22 years
Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue
VIDEO 1: TJ Eating a Bit (Jan 4, 2017)
VIDEO 2: Nikita Itch & Roar (Jan 4, 2017)
VIDEO 3: TJ Being a Tiger (Jan 4, 2017)
Susan, I LOVE THIS ONE!!~!!!! >..<
VIDEO 4: Andy Eating Breakfast (Jan 4, 2017)
VIDEO 5: Charaka Getting Up (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 6: Charaka’s Bath (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 7: Charaka Waking Up (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 8: Best Vacation Ever (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 9: Andy Startled By Sprinklers (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 10: The Kittens (Plents) Are Back (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 11: TJ’s Food On A Stick (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 12: Andy’s Brunch On A Stick (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 13: I Can See All the Way Over to Hoover (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 14: Nikita Having A Chat With Her Ball (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 15: Spirit Feather Caught A Rat (Jan 2, 2017)
VIDEO 16: Andy Playing With A Stick In The Pond, AGAIN (Jan 2, 2017)
VIDEO 17: Andy Playing With A Stick In The Pond (Jan 2, 2017)
VIDEO 18: Close Encounter With Charaka (Jan 4, 2017)
VIDEO 19: Andy’s Afternoon On Vacation (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 20: Beautiful Charaka Eyes (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 21: Sapphire’s Vacation (Dec 2016)
VIDEO 22: TJ TIger, On Top Of The World (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 23: Andy Tiger Says, “Birds, YUCK!” (Jan 3, 2017)
VIDEO 24: Nikita Relaxing
VIDEO 25: Nikita and a Cheeky Guest (Nov 17, 2016)
VIDEO 26: Nikita Watching the Cam Watching Her (Oct 14, 2016)
VIDEO 27: Nikita In The Sun (Aug 5, 2016)
VIDEO 28: Sleepy Nikita (Aug 7, 2016)
Common Name: Ocelot
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Genus: Felinae (Leopardus)
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
Female Ocelot, Age 20 years
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.
Female Ocelot, Age 22
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/
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
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.
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.
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