Big Cat Updates
National Animal Caregivers Day was yesterday, but we will be celebrating yesterday, today and tomorrow w/ pizza, cupcakes, cookies and other treats for the volunteers at Big Cat Rescue.
A power pole fell leaving one of out intern houses without power. Afton scrambled to arrange housing for the interns and their foster kittens. Because some of the kittens in the Kitten Cabana presented with diarrhea we were limited on where we couple place these interns and their foster kittens that the kittens would not be exposed to other kittens who were still on quarantine. The power company has been called and they will send someone out to take care of their pole asap.
NEW CATS: If you watch the FB Live Video: “Seth’s Morning Enrichment” you will hear Carole and the keepers talking about Cyrus, Zucari, and Chaos.
Afton’s Coordinator’s Report for Friday June 9th:
Today was a good day!
The back section of Will and Ana was deep cleaned, top soil added, and grass seed sown. The old safety gate was removed. The section of Mickey’s enclosure closest to Aspen was deep cleaned, top soil added, and grass seed sown. When those tasks were completed the cats were let back in. They wasted no time checking to see what the keepers had done to their homes. They were then entertained re-marking everything.
The tour path/road through Outback, all the way through tiger row, was graveled where there were pot holes, but they ran out of asphalt in the back of the silver truck.
Upcoming Weekend Projects: Priya’s section closest to Gabby, the front section of Ana and Will, and the other half of Mickey’s enclosure.
Divinity did very well today, eating and taking her meds. Both Babycakes and Divinity cages were cleaned out. I left food for babycakes of 2 oz.
Diets were made for Chaos, Cyrus, and Zucari for tomorrow. The coordinators have been feeding them on the plates. Chaos was not interested in food today. Zucari seems to really like ground carnivore diet!! We still need a poop sample from Chaos.
Devin and I made some paintings for the STARS Award stash made by Nabisco and Jasmine, so if they still have paint on them in the morning, that is why.
I think that is it!
Morning Enrichment with Seth: The cats get daily enrichment but sometimes the keepers will make something special. This morning Seth is getting a GIANT “Martni” from his keeper Alyssa.
Evening Walk about: Ying Yang Lion White Tiger
Today stars with Cameron and Zabu, Big Cat Rescue’s odd couple in the Yin Yang formation. Then Hoover Tiger eats dinner. We have a chat w/ Reise Cougar. Then Lynda relays a mean thing Arthur and Andre Tigers did to Zeus Tiger after she gives him a bath. Then Zeus Tiger and Joseph Lion eat dinner.
Kids Neck Pillow – Traveling with children they can rest on a kitty.
This kids sized neck pillow is machine washable, pill resistant, and comfort shaped. Great for travel in the car or watching TV at home. While this pillow is smaller than the standard neck pillow it can also be used by adults that want a less bulky travel pillow. Hypo-Allergenic and washable.
The following fostered kittens have now been adopted and have their very own fur-ever families.
Keeper Desmond Fowles: Cam and Bu. Nuzzle, nuzzle, nuzzle.
Keeper Desmond Fowles: What you guys looking at? Can’t we get any privacy around here?
Keeper Desmond Fowles: Nuzzles and licks. I luv you BuBu Baby.
Several of you have asked me to repost Jamie latest Bobcat Rehab Presentation.
Others are asking about a bobcat who was hit by a car and taken to an animal hospital in the N. Florida / Bearrs Av area. Someone on FB said the cat was sent to Busch Gardens for rehab, which I doubt.
It’s probably Busch Wildlife Center; a rehab center about 3 hours away. It’s weird that they would call there, instead of us, but maybe they just didn’t know any better. I called the clinic the first day I heard about the bobcat and left a message that we would be willing to do the rehab, but no one ever responded. I may not have called the right place though, as the only info I had was from Facebook, and the person making the post may not have known the right clinic.
When people find injured wildlife they usually end up calling the Florida Wildlife Commission. It’s a crapshoot as to who the person on the phone will suggest that they call. I get called ALL THE TIME to relocate alligators, and that’s about the last thing in the world I would ever get involved with, but apparently I’m the person the FWC tells people to call if they have a gator chasing their pets. On the flip side of that irony is the fact that the FWC knows that if there is any legislation involving protecting bobcats there is no one as vocal as Big Cat Rescue. I’ll leave it to your imagination to determine why they so often fail to call us when bobcats need help.
Things we have done to try and mitigate that conflict are:
- We have created packets with magnets identifying bobcats and kittens (a lot of times people don’t know a bobcat from a domestic cat or kitten) and sent them to ALL of the Animal Control offices in the state.
- We have sent the same packets to law enforcement all over the state and have presented at their trade shows so that they know who to call.
- We are trying to copy every vet clinic in the state as well, but that’s really expensive and time consuming. All of the clinics in our county, including the one who treated this bobcat, have already gotten packets from us.
The problem is that people change jobs, the packets get mis filed, the magnets end up on the side of some filing cabinet, and then when there is a bobcat emergency, the cat is out of luck, based on who gets tagged with finding a rehabber.
All we can do is keep repeating the educational efforts we have implemented and continue to rely on high search engine rankings for our bobcat rehab program pages. You can help by linking your websites to our Bobcat Rehab page, and sharing it with others, so that it continues to rank well. http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/
Viewer Shawna Prested: How many cats do YOU count?
Note from LaWanna: LOL, I had to email Shawna and ask her for the answer.
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- Jamie Veronica: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY6X3rUv8UlIUbrxNeu-Aw
- Susann https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFOZiTvzKRvj-oVbzdByvg
- Ruxandra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCsjKptd1gM9BhfDkGQGNg
- Donna P: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcFbhMc8Sqr-8MreWuYr4Bg
- Shawna https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfl9S-vDPJIgjl8QpM6Aypw
- Cathy S https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ynHBFLKj0BVnK5jo2gTnw
- Janie M https://www.youtube.com/user/donutgirl100
- Jaime T: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY_oF0NhXc5OS8CcTaUi2A/videos
Originally posted March 2014
Never Turn Your Back on BIG CATS: Tigers, Lions, Leopards and all other species of big cats are WILD animals, they will always have their wild instincts and as this video illustrates they will never make good “pets” !!
Big Cat Model: Judy Willis
I love my big cat rescue coffee mug. I’ve been watching since April and I love all the kitty’s at bcr but Hoover is my favorite.
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What is BCR doing for International Tiger Day
Please join us in saving wild tigers from drowning in open wells!
Big Cat Rescue will match the profit from your purchases of our International Tiger Day merchandise – and any donations you make on that merchandise page – dollar for dollar up to $5000 and donate it to the Corbett Foundation’s in situ work to protect wild tigers, leopards and other animals in India from falling into open farm wells. The funds will be used to construct fences around the wells, keeping the big cats from falling into these very deep wells and drowning.
Big Cat Rescue has designed a unique line of International Tiger Day merchandise featuring our very own TJ tiger to raise much-needed funds to construct fences around open wells in farming villages in India. Currently about 2500 of these open farm wells exist, many in the core zone of the Tiger Reserve. It costs approximately $100 to construct a fence around one well in India. WITH YOUR HELP, we hope to donate $10,000, which will fence in 100 wells and save wild tigers and leopards!
Order your International Tiger Day merchandise and/or donate here:
At top: Example of fenced farm well in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in India. Photo courtesy of Corbett Foundation
One specific area the Corbett Foundation is working on is the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. Open farm wells, dug by villagers, in the buffer zone of the Tiger Reserve, are proving to be deathtraps for wild animals, with several cases reported of tigers and leopards drowning by accidentally falling into the open wells. The Corbett Foundation has initiated a project to install chain-link fencing around such open farm wells to prevent accidental drownings of tigers, leopards and other wild animals who fall into these deep, unmarked wells.
Endangered wild tigers and leopards in India already face enormous challenges to their survival…let’s help them remove one obstacle that we can control by fencing these open farms wells!
Big Cat Rescue will match the profit from the sales of our line of International Tiger Day merchandise – and any donations on our merchandise page – dollar for dollar up to $5000. It is our goal to send the Corbett Foundation a donation of $10,000 following International Tiger Day 2017 –July 29. As an added incentive, post a photo of yourself wearing or holding your International Tiger Day gear on our Facebook page on July 29 to be entered into a drawing for an original tiger paw print painting!!
Order your merchandise and/or donate here:
More about the Corbett Foundation:
The Corbett Foundation is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organization solely committed to the conservation of wildlife. They work towards a harmonious coexistence between human beings and wildlife across some of the most important wildlife habitats in India, namely Corbett Tiger Reserve, Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves, Kaziranga Tiger Reserve and around the Greater Rann of Kutch. Local Communities and wildlife share natural ecosystems and this often raises conflict, so the health and wellbeing of these communities are often directly linked to their willingness to participate in wildlife conservation efforts. The Corbett foundation has implemented its programs in over 400 villages in the last decade. Learn more at www.corbettfoundation.org
What Does Catnip Do To Cats? What exactly is Catnip and why do some cats love it and others have no reaction?
Carole is looking for a graphic artist who really gets what we are all about and would would like to help us with some graphics for shirts. If that is you or if you know someone like that, please have them email Carole at email@example.com
As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/
Bookmarking it will help you find things quickly. That will come in handy for:
- Helping us answer questions on social media
- Finding answers to some of Carole’s Facebook Live questions