We think that every place keeping big cats should be totally transparent to the public because if people knew the truth they would make better decisions. We try to be as open and honest as possible, but we know that doing so gives our enemies fuel to tell their lies. Those of you who love these daily updates know that when we post that a cat only ate a few pounds of meat, it is because we are sharing with you the excerpts from the Intranet site emails we use to alert our entire team, in real time, to the fact that we need to offer more meals throughout the day to make sure they eat all they can.
People who wish to silence us post the following though. Warning, crude language ahead.
And you can bet they will all be calling USDA and the Florida Wildlife Commission and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and using our posts to support their lies, because they hate that we are making a difference. These kinds of people can’t stand the fact that they will have to go get real jobs when they can no longer profit off their big cat abuses. The posts here were from people who breed cubs to be used in pay to play schemes, circus carnies, known criminals and exotic pet dealers.
I blacked out their names because I don’t want you to go to their pages and get into altercations with them. They are a cruel and ruthless lot, and will spend all their time and energy threatening those who support us. They want attention, and we won’t give it to them, just like we ignore their trolling, angry face emojis on our LIVE Facebook feeds.
So, what can you do about it?
Please understand when there are some things we don’t post or don’t answer in public forums. We will share as much as we can, even knowing it will cost us a lot of wasted time in dealing with the fake complaints they will file. The challenges we’ve been posting are another great way for you to know where to get the facts. I think most of the people who are agreeing with the lies being posted against us are probably animal lovers who just don’t know the facts. They’ve been attracted to the abusers pages by romantic notions of people having pet-like relationships with big cats. Once they know the truth about the industry, if they have any moral compass at all, they will join us in the effort to end the captive breeding and exploitation of wild cats.
What else can you do?
Another thing you can do is help us teach others. Often times when a person blindly believes the haters’ lies they will come to our page and make some kind of harsh remark because they mistakenly think we are the bad guys. When that happens we try to reply with kind words, usually thanking them for caring enough about animals to speak up however kindly letting them know they have been misinformed and give them accurate info with a link to learn more. It is helpful to give them this link as well. https://bigcatrescue.org/lies/
If they are open minded and smart enough to listen to the truth then they will often turn around, start asking genuine questions which results in them seeing the real bad guys for what they are and begin the process of learning what is right for the cats and quite join our efforts to end the abuse and exploitation.
If they choose not to hear the real facts and all they want to do is ignore the truth and continue to bash we simply block them instead of wasting our time arguing with them. You can do the same. Our time is much better spent teaching those who want to learn. Again, you can do the same. It can be hard to ignore them, we understand that, but seriously, if they have no intention of changing their mind then go no where debates are a worthless waste of time and energy.
This is why it is helpful to learn some of the things like how to find the link that tells people about our feeding practices, how to find our link that shows people our cages, how to find the link that shows people we are good stewards of their donations. Sometimes, after reading something by the haters people have an opinion formed that we are the bad guys. Until they see we are not then our message about needing new laws to stop the cub pay to play schemes means nothing to them. Once they see the bad guys lied to them then they are more open to see our info about how the cub petting schemes are the root cause of so much big cat suffering.
Again, you can usually tell within a couple replies whether they are open minded and are teachable or if they are there just to spew garbage. If they are teachable, then kindly teach them. If they are there to spew garbage, simply block them and don’t get sucked into an argument. Take the high road.
KEEPER NOTE: Gabrielle likes to follow keepers around the cage. She is always very interested in what keepers are doingand chuffs away. ~Keeper Mary Lou
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.
Question: Name three bobcats that we have successfully rehabbed and released back to the wild.
Winner: Barb Colvin
Answer: You can find the answer by searching our website BigCatRescue.org or you can start here: https://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/
Here are some: Gator, Copter, Thor, Mr. Claws, Fencer, Captiva, Pheonix, Rain, Dancer, Faith, Chance, Hope, Dante, Bellona, Flash, Khaleesi
VIDEO ONE: Walkabout on 1-4-2017 Afternoon
Nirvana, Mrs. Claws, Nabisco, Charaka, Gale, Ares, Orion, & Artemis, Zeus, Cameron, and Joseph
VIDEO TWO: Wildcat Walkabout
Joseph Lion finds a sunny spot, we check in on Nabisco Bobcat who had a seizure last night, and Smalls Bobcat tries to find the bird in her Christmas Tree. Then it’s inside to see what the volunteers are doing on the most dreaded day of the year: Inventory Day.
A nice letter from one of our supporters:
Even though you do not know me, I feel like we know each other! That is because I watch most days when you go live on FB and I comment a lot! I just have to send a quick note to say that I have had so much help understanding what the BCR is about because of one outstanding individual. Jennifer Leon has been so patient with me and so kind! I feel I am still a novice but she is always ready with answers to my non stop questions!
I have such a passion for the big cats ever since I was a child. My family visited BCR in August for a bunch of tours and that made me fall in love with all of you so much more. That is when Jennifer began to help me, and even asked us to come meet her, but it was a weekend so we missed her. I could go on and on, but this is not about me! Jennifer is just a wonderful person and has so much incredible information! Currently she has sent me information on how to help a Mountain Lion who is in horrible conditions here in NJ. I am learning the ropes and will never give up on your mission! Thank you to all of you and thank you especially to Jennifer!
I will keep donating and purchasing from the gift shop and of course using my Amazon!
Sincerely, Caryn Nash
Yesterday’s Big Cat Challenge was:
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?
The reason I chose that question yesterday was because haters often try to tell people we have tiny cages. They post a photo of our feeding lockout then tell their followers that is what our cats live in. Often their followers blindly believe that without ever bothering to check for themselves if it is true or false.
After seeing those posts there are those who are genuinely concerned and truly want to know what our cages are really like. Their first comment or question might actually be somewhat rude because they actually believed the lie they were told and really think the photo of a cat in it’s feeding lockout is how we house our cats. The way we handle that is we first thank them for caring enough about the cats to be concerned about what the cages are like. If they are asking or commenting it usually means they care about the conditions cats live in, so that is a common ground we can start with.
If they are open minded and wise enough to check for themselves instead of blindly believing the haters’ garbage they will see they were lied to about our cages. We give them this link BigCatRescue.org/cages/ where we not only tell them how the cages are built but show them in video. Usually, once they are shown the truth their demeanor changes. We also encourage them to come for a tour and see the cages for themselves.
NOTE: As mentioned above, NEVER, waste your time getting into a no win debate with haters, or their followers, because they simply want to argue and no matter what you tell them or show them they are too closed minded to see the truth. If it becomes obvious the person just wants to argue and bash, we simply walk away from the conversation and block them. We won’t waste our time reading their garbage. We can better spend our time reaching out to those who are truly interested in learning how to end the abuse and exploitation. Arguing with them will not get us any closer to getting laws passed to end the abuse and exploitation.
NOTE To Viewers: Did everyone get their hi-res photo file for purr-ticipating in yesterday’s challenge? If not, please email email@example.com & Ref: Apache’s Challenge
Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue
VIDEO 1: Jan 5, 2017 Nikita Has A Visitor
VIDEO 2: Jan 4, 2017 Spirit Talk & Tail Twitch
VIDEO 3: Jan 5, 2017 Andy’s Soak in the Pond
VIDEO 4: Jan 5, 2017 Andy Tiger Yawning & Rolling
VIDEO 5: Jan 5, 2017 Spirit Feather & Jamie
VIDEO 6: Jan 5, 2017 Jamie & Spirit Feather
VIDEO 7: Jan 5, 2017 The Birds
VIDEO 8: Jan 5, 2017 Andy’s Breakfast
VIDEO 9: TJ & the Golf Cart
VIDEO 10: Nikita’s Early Morning Yawn
VIDEO 11: Checking for Snacks and Pushing the Ball
VIDEO 12: Jan 4, 2017 Walking Under the Sprinklers
VIDEO 13: Kittens Play Time in the Kitten Cabana
VIDEO 14: Jan 4, 2017 The “Planets” Investigating the Water Bowl
VIDEO 15: Jan 4, 2017 Can You Do This?
VIDEO 16: Jan 4, 2017 Hoover’s Walk By
Common Name: Caracal
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Genus: Felinae (Caracal)
Misc: The name Caracal is derived from a Turkish word “karakulak” meaning “black ear.” The Caracal was once trained for bird hunting in Iran and India. They were put into arenas containing a flock of pigeons, and wagers were made as to how many the cat would take down. This is the origination of the expression “to put a cat amongst the pigeons.” The Caracal is capable of leaping into the air and knocking down 10-12 birds at one time!
Size and Appearance: Often referred to as the desert lynx, the Caracal does not actually possess the same physical attributes of members of the lynx family, such as the characteristic ruff of hair around the face. Instead, it has a short, dense coat, usually a uniform tawny-brown to brick-red, and black (melanistic) individuals have been recorded. As the name implies, the backs of the ears are black and topped with long black tufts about 1.75 inches long. This tuft is the characteristic that Caracals do share with the members of the lynx family. It is the largest member of Africa’s small cats, and it’s most formidable. Males can weigh as much as 40 pounds, and females as much as 35. They stand between 16-20 inches at the shoulder, and are 35-39 inches long.
Habitat: Caracals live in the drier savannah and woodland regions of sub-Saharan Africa, and prefer the more scrubby, arid habitats. They will also inhabit evergreen and montane forests, but are not found in tropical rain forests.
Distribution: Central Africa, South Africa, west Africa, southwest Asia, Middle East.
Reproduction and Offspring: After a gestation of approximately 78-81 days, females produce a litter of 1-4 kittens, with 2 being the average. They begin to open their eyes on their first day of life, but it takes 6-10 days for them to completely open. They are weaned at 10 weeks, and will remain with their mothers for up to a year. They attain sexual maturity between 12-16 months. In captivity, Caracals have lived up to 19 years.
Social System and Communication: Caracals are solitary animals, and social interactions are limited to periods of mating, except for mothers with kittens. Hear our purrs, hisses, snarls, calls, and growl sounds HERE
Hunting and Diet: Caracals prey on a variety of mammals, with the most common being rodents, hares, hyraxes, and small antelope. Unlike the other small African cats, Caracals will not hesitate to kill prey larger then themselves, such as adult springbok or young Kudu. Caracals have also been reported on occasion (although this is an exception rather than a rule) to store their kills in trees, as do the leopards. These cats are mostly nocturnal, but have been spotted in daylight in protected areas.
Principal Threats: Caracals are mostly killed for livestock predation, although this only occurs in a few of its ranges it still adds up to large numbers of deaths (2219 animals in one area alone). In other areas of its range, it fights hunting for its skin and for its meat, which some bush tribes consider to be a luxury.
Sassy Caracal was born here in 1994 because we were told by those in the industry that caracals were rare and should be bred for future generations because there weren’t many in zoos. What we didn’t know at the time, as it was before we had access to the Internet, was that they weren’t common in zoos because they had become so common as pets. Zoos don’t devote cage space to animals that are considered so common that they are kept as pets. The problem was that even though they were often bred and sold as pets, they didn’t last long in pet homes, and would be abandoned when they grew up and began spraying urine all over the house.
We bred some of the smaller cat species, from ’94 – ’97, but once we learned than none of these cats could ever be returned to the wild we stopped. Caracals aren’t often seen in zoos, or pet homes any more, but that’s fine with us because they belong in the wild and that’s where we should be protecting them and their habitat.
Though Sassy is small she certainly calls the shots at feeding time. Despite living among cat-a-tats of lions, tigers, and leopards, the feeders always make sure Sassy is fed first or she will cause quite a ruckus.
The saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” certainly applies to this little spitfire at feeding time. She is as feisty as they come.
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ONE: Keeping Cheetahs and Other Wild Animals as Pets Is Now Illegal in the UAE. Those caught with a leopard, cheetah or any other kind of exotic animal in public, the report said, would face a jail term of up to six months, a fine of up to $136,000, or both. http://time.com/4623131/uae-outlaw-wild-animals-cheetahs/
TWO: New Delhi: The government of India has banned the import of exotic skins of reptiles like crocodiles and alligators and animals like fox, mink and chinchillas.According to the Humane Society International (HSI), “Tens of thousands of exotic animals like crocodiles, alligators, fox, minks and others are held captive in factory farms for their fur and skin (across the world).” The NGO also said that the methods used in factory farms across the world are remarkably poor and designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals. http://www.livemint.com/Politics/tHxEvs2QaN06dafMzEfuxH/Govt-bans-import-of-exotic-animal-and-reptile-skins.html
THREE: Emiratis banned from keeping wild pets: reports https://www.yahoo.com/news/emiratis-banned-keeping-wild-pets-reports-112440193.html
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.
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