Big Cat Updates
SUMMARY: Historic day for animals. Kali Tiger has a blast. Declawing – where does BCR stand? Farewell to Divinity. From Carole’s email box. Videos, photos, & More!
Lauren Buckingham’s Coordinator Report for Monday, 1/8/2017
Great day today, everyone got their panacur by the end of the day.
Food prep for tomorrow was done before lunch and more red ground for Wednesday’s diets was prepared.
We had a meat delivery of red, pork and ground turkey.
Frosty’s enclosure was finished.
The front side of Servie’s enclosure was raked and the roof cleaned.
Babycakes ate well this afternoon, he likes being stick fed.
Operant and enrichment signs offs were done.
Lynda Licht’s Coordinator Report for Sunday, 1/7/18
A good and productive day for us, but a day of fasting for the cats. Panacur starts tomorrow for three days. With the colder weather all the cats were out and about for tours and keeper enjoyment.
Steve replaced some golf cart batteries and now the green carts actually move!
Babs brought the cicles up from the barn, replenished the keeper tour box of supplies, and made more bloodcicles.
All the keepers got to do operant with their cats. A nice treat for them and us!
Babycakes ate pretty well overnight and really enjoyed his fig newton and banana mid-day treat. All the laundry is done!
Rebecca, Jen R, Dede and I (mostly them, but I did help) tackled Kali’s enclosure. We cleaned the roof, cleared out in the tunnels, week-eated, and raked up a lot of dead saw grass.
The Holleys were here and continued to work on the enrichment cabin. Can’t wait for it to be done.
All in all a really good day at Big Cat Rescue!
Sue Messineo’s Coordinator Report for Saturday, 1/6/18
It was a beautiful day today. The cats were enjoying the cool weather. Most all ate very well today.
We had quite a few volunteers today and a lot of tour guests.
Kathyrn Stapleton’s Coordinator Report for Friday, 1/5/18
Cool chilly day with very frisky kitties.
Had a great bunch of interns and volunteers to get all cleaning and feeding done early since we had a full afternoon of tours.
Not a lot of cage projects but cooler rearranging and food prep organizing and cleaning. The new cooler system is working well but still a bit to work out. I have upped several meats just a bit to account for the picky eaters. We pulled another case of turkey thighs since they were a hit last week.
That’s it for me!
Lauren Grant’s Coordinator Report for Thursday, 1/4/2018
It was a cold day!!
We, thankfully, had some late signups for feeding and cleaning, so all of the keepers helping with inventory could still help there all day.
Picky cats ate very well today!
Inventory was completed!! There were a bunch of people, including keepers, who stepped up to help.
Lots of signoffs were done today for operant and enrichment, so the cats seemed very greatful 🙂
That’s about it.
– Lauren Grant
New Jersey just the became the first state to ban exotic or wild animals in the circus! Yesterday the New Jersey state legislature passed a landmark bill to prohibit the use of elephants and other wild or exotic animals, such as lions and tigers, in traveling animal acts.
Pictured: Our friends at Animal Defenders International along with BCR AdvoCat Caryn Nash and NJ State Assemblymember Raj Mukherji celebrating the passage of Nosey’s Law in the NJ State Assembly.
Nosey’s Law was originally written to only prohibit elephants in traveling acts. But just before the holidays, it was amended to include other wild and exotic animals! Nosey’s Law will put an end to big cats jumping through rings of fire, leaping between pedestals, and performing other unnatural acts for entertainment. The bill passed with a vote of 31-0 in the Senate and 66 -2 in the Assembly. It now goes to the governor for his signature. Many thanks to bill sponsors Senator Raymond J. Lesniak and Asm. Raj Mukherji for their dedication to stop circus suffering! If you live in NJ, please call Governor Christie today (609-292-6000) in support of Nosey’s Law.
This is just the beginning of a nationwide movement to codify what society has already concluded – wild animals do not belong in the circus! Take Action today to end the use of all exotic and wild animals in the circus across the U.S. (http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22420).
The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) is proposed federal legislation that would end the use of big cats and other wild animals in the circus. This bill is being championed by our friends at Animal Defenders International, the same group who worked to rescue our beloved Hoover from a Peruvian circus! Help us end the abuse of over 200 big cats and other animals by emailing your US Representative today! (http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22420)
Director of Outreach
Little Cats Have Coolaroos, L@@K What Kali has!!
Tiger Vs Bed – Published on Jan 9, 2018 – All of our small cat species have coolaroo beds. But what about a bed for a big cat? Lets see what Kali thinks. Joyce & her husband, Tim, had a custom built fire hose hammock built for the cats. It is going into the Vacation Rotation enclosure. Kali will be the first one to test it out. Kali also gets three Christmas trees.
You can see the live video replay of the fire hose bed arriving on the January 4th Big Cat Update.
Declawing is Cruel
Declawing is Cruel – Published on Jan 5, 2018 – Because we rescue declawed big cats, some of you the misconception that we support the cruel act of declawing. Big Cat Rescue condemns the declawing of cats, and you should too! Big Cat Rescue condemns the act of declawing and you should, too.
Everyone likes to feel appreciated.
The key to passing the Big Cat Public Safety Act, that will stop the mistreatment of so many big cats and cubs, is to line up enough Legislators as “cosponsors” who agree in advance to support this bill.
Republican Congressman Amodei of Nevada just signed on!
What is critical now is that the office know that YOU are thankful that they did so. That is what drives them.
Please take just a minute to email your Congressman through our easy, fast system, expressing your thanks by clicking the link below:
Did you know?
3,957 Calls of the Wild have been made at BigCatAct.com Have YOU made the Call of the Wild, yet this week?
Divinity was 22 years & half years old. We had to say goodbye to this precious old bobcat today.
Divinity was sold from a fur farmer to an individual, along with an unrelated mate, Takoma, when she was only a few days old. She was bottle raised for three weeks before the new owner had a heart attack and could no longer care for the kitten. The woman had seen our video and knew that Big Cat Rescue could love and care for her little ones and we have.
Divinity’s color is almost silver and her disposition is pure gold. She was so tiny and frail when she arrived that there were many nights we thought would be her last, but she wouldn’t give up. She was always a nervous little cat and couldn’t sit still for more than two minutes at a time.
Get her full story and see Carole’s farewell video and leave a tribute for her at http://bigcatrescue.org/divinity/
Kittens! Part 1 of 2 – The domestic foster kittens live in Intern Housing with the interns. While the interns are out caring for the big cats the little kittens stay safe in their crates. Interns are in an out checking on them so they are not alone very long. After work the kittens are out of the cage getting lots of attention from the amazing team of interns. Soon they will be able to spend their days in the Kitten Cabana.
More Kittens! Part 2 of 2 – The domestic foster kittens live in Intern Housing with the interns. While the interns are out caring for the big cats the little kittens stay safe in their crates. Interns are in an out checking on them so they are not alone very long. After work the kittens are out of the cage getting lots of attention from the amazing team of interns. Soon they will be able to spend their days in the Kitten Cabana.
Walkabout to see cats, snacks & meds
Kittens in the Cabana It’s finally warm enough for our 18 foster kittens to come to the Kitten Cabana. They have an heated area thru the cat flap into the Cool Cat Cave in case it gets too cold. Help feed big cats and kittens like these by making Big Cat Rescue your charity of choice at Smile.Amazon.com where Amazon makes a donation, at no cost to you, every time you shop.
18? Kittens in 360 video! Move your phone around or scroll around to see all the cute foster kittens.
History as it happened! (This one takes you to Facebook)
Online Sales of Endangered Cheetah Kittens
One of our loyal AdvoCats wrote to say:
I saw this disturbing post on FB and wanted you to see it.
I hope you can help these babies in some way. Ugh people piss me off!
Take care! 🙂
Carole wrote the AdvoCat back saying:
I’ve seen these same photos since the 90s and from what others have told me, it is a scam, so I’m quite happy to see people lose 12k for a wild kitten, they had no business trying to buy, that is never going to arrive. I flagged it anyway as being illegal (if the sale were across state lines) but I can pretty much assure you that no kittens are in peril.
Just to be sure, you guys can go there and flag the post as well so that Craigslist knows they are allowing ads that could be in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Please join our Official Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BigCatRescue/ to learn more about the cats, the sanctuary, big cat issues, and what you can do to help save big cats. Join conversations, as well as, see a lot more photos and videos of the cats.
Top five asked questions: https://BigCatRescue.org/top5/
Find detailed answers to commonly asked questions: https://www.facebook.com/notes/big-cat-rescue/faqs-and-quick-links/10155707198399243/
See short videos that answer a few commonly asked questions. https://www.facebook.com/notes/big-cat-rescue/faq-friday-videos/10155940727809243/
Did You Know?
Keeper Afton: Did You Know: Sheena serval is the only big cat that eats fish and shrimp as her regular diet because she has a lot of food allergies.
Armani happily munching on some fun grass that I hung on her cage. She’s the best ❤️. I just love how much she looks like she’s enjoying it! ~ Keeper Alyssa (this morning)
Keeper Afton: Lunch time for Monty.
Keeper Afton: Loki the hybrid got a freeze dried minnowsicle, and it is safe to say he loves it!!
Does your cat do the “Butt Wiggle” before pouncing?
Dryden Bobcat does.
Photo from several months ago by Tory Wright
Keeper MaryLou got a great photo of Arthur on top of the den.
Reise Cougar is a funny girl who is never at a loss for words.
Photo by Keeper MaryLou Geis
Does anyone else’s cat think they should be INSIDE the Christmas tree?
(Armani Leopard 2015)
Armani Leopard LOVES playing with anything and everything. These very intelligent big cats do not belong in cages.
Tiger Lilly has stealthy stalking down to a fine art.
Kali Tiger can’t decide whether to take a swim or take a nap.
Seth likes laying on top of the den.
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ONE: Good News!!
We’re Winning! New Jersey Is the First State to Ban Traveling Wild-Animal Acts READ ARTICLE
THANK YOU, EVERYONE, who stands up and speaks out, and continues to speak out for big cats! This proves YOU ARE Making A Difference!
YOU can speak up for big cats, it is quick and easy at BigCatAct.com WITH YOUR HELP more change WILL happen, but WITHOUT YOUR HELP change will come much more slowly, while animals suffer and wait. Won’t YOU PLEASE give just TWO MINUTES of time to make the Call of the Wild at BigCatAct.com today?
TWO: Lion cub rescued from 10-ft pit READ ARTICLE – This is exactly why Big Cat Rescue donates to the Corbett Foundation to build fences around deep rural wells and protect wild cats! You might remember this from a past Big Cat Update posted on July 12, 2017
THREE: Shame on USDA for renewing the License For this Highly-Criticized Wildlife Facility READ ARTICLE
FOUR: VIDEO: White tiger cub seized in Louisiana, possibly belonging BR rapper NBA Youngboy, finds new home READ ARTICLE
FIVE: Soccer star Karim Benzema hears from animal advocates after letting his kids play with a tiger READ ARTICLE