June 26 2017

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Big Cat Updates

Keeper Angie’s Coordinator Report for 6/25/2017 

  • It was a full day today.
  • Lots of volunteers in the morning to clean.
  • Enrichment sign offs were done for a few volunteers.
  • Operant Conditioning was done
  • Tiger Row was raked and weed whacked.
  • They also raked around Keisha’s enclosure.
  • Mickey turned 14 today, a meat cake was made for Mickey and it’s ready for him for the 26th.
  • Kali turned 17 today and she got 2 turkey drums for her birthday treat

Facebook Live Video Replays

Evening Walkabout / Meds with Keepers Angie and Momma Becky

Carole Thanks Supporters While Watching Live Web Cams


Tiger Text Tumbler Cup  $15

Keep your drinks cool/hot in this tiger tumbler. Look closely and you can learn a lot about tigers!!

Tumbler features a unique combination of words, phrases, and facts that make up the image of a tiger face. Big Cat Rescue Tampa Florida appears below image. 16 oz tumbler is clear with a double insulated wall, removable lid , Dishwasher safe, and made in the USA.


Reise Cougar on Vacation and Lots of other New Cats

Keeper Corner

Sr. Keeper Sharon H:  Zeus and I enjoying a deep discussion about life. He is such a wise old man and has taught me a lot!
Zeus and I enjoying a deep discussion about life. He is such a wise old man and has taught me a lot!

Keeper MaryLou:  Zucari, “Just relaxing in my den!”

JoJo,  “Who needs a tissue?  NOT ME!!  ~Keeper MaryLou

JoJo, "Who needs a tissue? NOT ME!! ~Keeper MaryLou

Keeper Afton:  It’s ok Sassy, I feel the same way about Mondays!

Keeper Afton got this snapshot of Chaos in the hospital recovery room on June 24th.

Sundari LOVES Bloodsicles (Apologies, I didn’t jot down which keeper sent this photo in)

Do you all remember, a while back, sending in about 1,000 red Solo cups?  Well these are the kinds of popsicles we make in them.  Bloodsicles, sardine sicles, tuna sicles, etc.    We hand out popsicles everyday when it is hot.  Some days, the older cats need more than one a day to stay cool and hydrated.  Yesterday Mickey was given several.

Some of you have asked to be alerted when the Enrichment Team runs low on “Sicle Fixins.”  We are running low on canned tuna if anyone would like to send some to the cats for their tuna sicles.

 Balloons & Wildlife

Former Outreach Intern, Helena Parsons:  Reminder, Please do not release your balloons, they can be devastating to wildlife.

Except from the article Balloons & Wildlife:   Balloons are great at birthdays, weddings, graduations and more, but once they get loose, balloons can pose a threat to many animals.  Birds, turtles and other animals commonly mistake balloons for food, which can harm or even kill them. In addition, many animals can become entangled in balloon strings, which can strangle them or hurt their feet and hands.  For example, more than a hundred balloons were recently collected at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey at a cleanup, and that’s just the number that made it to this one particular beach.  Read the whole article at Balloons & Wildlife (warning graphic pix)

Find Alternatives:  Excerpt Balloons are not the only thing to decorate with. There are many safe, fun, and eye-catching alternatives to balloons for parties, memorials, fundraisers, and more! Many can be made at home and are great activities for kids. As we become more aware of our personal impacts on the environment people are ditching single-use, wasteful products for earth-friendly, reusable, and exciting alternatives! Read the whole article at http://balloonsblow.org/alternatives/

 Bobcat Rehab News

Angie reports that Nova is loving her new swing.

Note for Newcomers:  Nova is a wild bobcat in our Bobcat Rehab and Release program.  She will soon be released into the wild so she can live wild and free.   She has grown from a small kitten who could not survive on her own to a feisty young adult bobcat ready to take on the wild world out there.

Learn more about Nova and why she is in our Bobcat Rehab Center:

See how she has progressed.  (1 month ago)

See Nova now.

Learn more about our wild Bobcat Rehab and Release program at: http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/

 Foster Kitten Program

Nancy B got a cute photo and video of the kittens in the Kitten Cabana.  WrestleMainia on the Couch Kitten Style 062617

Susann Mesna:  New Kittens in the Cabana

Susann Mesna: Kitten Crazies

You can watch the domestic foster kitten playing every day on the Kitten Cabana live streaming cam and capture photos and videos, too. Find all of out web cams at BigCatCams.com


Back again, by popular demand.

Sexy Cats Eye Sunglasses  $19.99 (Save $15)

 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue


Priya playing with her big red ball.  This video was captured four months ago but was just alerted to it today.  Hope you enjoy it.  Thank you Nancy B.

Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:

 Castle Cats Fundraiser

What level are YOU on?  Join our “Castle Cats Wall of Fame” here on Big Cat Updates!!

Viewer Kryste Powers is at Level 25

Viewer Katie Miller is at Level 5:  Here’s a picture from the Castle Cats game. I bought Cole and Marmalade, they are just adorable. I have already gotten both of them to level 5. So glad that $2 went to help the big cats at BCR! -Katie

Note to Game Players:  If you are playing this game and want to be added to the “Castle Cats Wall of Fame” on this page tomorrow, email lawanna.mitchell@bigcatrescue.org and let me know what level you are on and which cats you have.  Feel free to send in a screenshot, if you want.

  WANTED – Graphic Artists

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 cat@bigcatrescue.org

 Quick Links

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

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