Big Cat Updates
Chaos is back outside where she was. She is still separated from Cyrus by two doors for a least a week. After that we will put small wire across one door and let them sniff each other for a week. At that time we will evaluate their behavior towards each other to decide what the next step will be. The cats will let us know if they want to be together or if they want to have more time in their own space.
Did all kinds of cleanup jobs around food prep and the hospitals.
Did mowing and weedeating.
Cleaned up some lumber.
Dug some trenches.
Relocated at least three turtle nest that we uncovered in the trench.
Gilligan and Skipper got new large Coolaroo beds/hammocks under their platforms. Viewers purr-chased them through Smile.Amazon.com and had them sent here to the cats. The cats wasted no time testing out their new napping spots. In Carole's live video last evening Gilligan made it pretty clear he liked his.
The Texes tigers got access to the end cage in outback. Smile, they did made quick work of marking EVERYTHING and just be be sure, they marked EVERYTHING again.
Everyone got to do enrichment and some operant signoffs were also done. If anyone wonders what "Operant Signoffs" are let us know in the comments below and we will be happy to explain it.
BigCatTV.com - New Fun Video
Two Minute Video - Andre, Arthur, & Amanda on the night of their 21st birthday!
After reviewing our surveillance cameras, we found what the Texas tigers Amanda, Arthur, and Andre were up to on their 21st birthday. Watch more at BigCatTV.com!
If you would like to show Keeper Afton her videos are appreciated, PLEASE share this new video.
Here is the YouTube link for the above video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8TEt8Yeqp8
If you are not as tech savy as you'd like to be, here is a link with easy step by step instructions, with screenshots, showing you how to share a YouTube video http://bigcatrescue.org/share-video-youtube/
VIDEO: Watch for some swimming this morning! Have YOU made the Call of the Wild yet at BigCatAct.com ? These cats are depending on you to do it.
During the above video's live broadcast there were some questions asked.
Why can't they be free?
This question is one of the top five most asked questions so it tells me that people just don’t know the laws of nature or the laws of governments. This question is asked so often that Carole made a page about it to help people understand why we cannot just set them free. Here are excerpts from that page.
Law of Nature: In the wild kittens or cubs stay with their mothers from a year and a half to 5 years, depending on the species of wildcat and the environment. During that time the mother may nurse them for a year or more, while also teaching them how to hunt. Being able to kill something does not mean that a cat is a good enough hunter to survive in the wild. The mother cat teaches them the ways of nature and that you should only kill enough to feed yourself and your family.
Law of the Land: It’s illegal to release a non native wild animal. That’s true in the U.S. and would make sense in other countries. The reason you cannot release a non native animal (an animal that doesn’t normally exist in an area) is because doing so upsets the entire balance of nature. Nature is flawless, where man has not intervened, because there is a symphony of interconnected animals and plants that all work together in harmony; even if it also includes predators who maintain the balance.
Big Cat Rescue is allowed, by law, to rehab and release bobcats who were born in the wild in Florida, back to the wild in Florida. Florida rehabbers are NOT allowed to rehab bobcats from Georgia (or any other state) for release into Florida.
Law of Common Sense: (OK, well there should be such a law) Last, but not least, most of the wild cats in captivity were born from generations of captive wild cats who have been selectively bred for characteristics that do not enhance survival. They have been inbred to create white coats, which results in a plethora of other birth defects and mental retardation. They have been bred to be used as ego props, with breeders preferring the ones who are the least apt to struggle against being held. That’s not a good trait when you have to fight for survival in the wild. Many have been mutilated by having their claws and teeth removed.
Almost all captive bred exotic cats suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Since lion and tiger cub pimps want to use cubs for pay to play schemes, they pull them from their mothers when they are only hours old so that they do not bond with their mothers. They are fed a diet that is insufficient for their nutritional needs because you can’t get canned tiger milk and tigers aren’t puppies, kittens, cows or goats. This insufficient diet often results in bones that are frail and break from a simple jump. It almost always results in nutritional cataracts and no one knows for sure how much damage is done to their eyes from the near constant flashes from cameras as they are paraded as props to hold for selfies.
All of these reasons are why “they can’t just be set free”
Captive born wild cats have been dealt a lousy hand. They are hardwired to desire freedom and yet are denied it by those who breed them for life in cages. We hate it and are glad you do too. So, lets put our energy where it can make a difference and end the practice of breeding wild cats for life in cages. You can take action RIGHT NOW at CatLaws.com no matter who you are, or where you live.
Read the entire page about this at: BigCatRescue.org/gofree/
Note to Viewers: We want to THANK EACH OF YOU who help respond to comments and questions by newcomers. They do not know until someone shows them. Hopefully, this information will help you teach others.
Why are they separated?
This is another question that is so frequently asked that Carole made a page to help explain the details about this subject. Here are some excerpts from that page.
Big cats are solitary by nature. Because we are primates, who are naturally social animals, we often impose our needs and desires on cats who are solitary by nature. People often insist the animal would be happier with a cage mate, because they couldn’t imagine living alone. Cats prefer solitude. They don’t need us and they don’t need each other.
This is where people say, “Oh yeah, well what about lions?” That tells me they know almost nothing about lions. While it may be common to see lions living in prides in the wild, what the average person doesn’t know is that those are family groups who have been born into the tribe. Nature, in her infinite wisdom, realizes that inbreeding will result in sickly cats who eventually die out, so males have to fight to lead a pride and to have mating privileges. Younger males, who have been driven from their own birth prides by their fathers, have to find other tribes if their genes are going to be passed down. To do that they have to kill any dominant males in the pride and all of their cubs. It’s a bloody battle for survival of the species and not one that should be emulated in captivity.
See for Yourself:
This video, captured from our live explore.org/bigcatrescue web cam, in the Vacation Rotation enclosure, by Susann Mesna, illustrates two of the most common questions I hear. First is, why can’t they have a friend live with them and the second is, don’t they want to be petted. Big cats are solitary by nature, so the vast majority of our cats prefer to live alone, and do. These tigers are siblings who are neutered and spayed and have lived together for 20 years. We have to separate them at feeding time so they don’t kill each other, but the rest of the time they get along pretty well and seem to prefer being together. As you can see though, things can get ugly pretty quickly and there is no way to break up a tiger fight.
Notice how Arthur keeps rubbing his cheek on the wall of the cage? When people see our cats do that near us, they usually assume the cats are asking to be petted. Nothing could be further from the truth. The cats are marking their territory and daring us to cross the line. In this video Arthur is trying to move Amanda away from the wall so he can attack her from behind. He’s telling her, “This is my territory and this is my wall; back away from it!” She’s too smart for that ploy though.
In the Wild In the wild a mother may raise her kittens or cubs from a year and a half to five years, depending on the species and the environmental factors, such as availability of prey. When they are grown, she will run them off and if they meet again, it could be a battle to the death over territory. Sometimes people see images of cats they think to be adults, living in groups in the wild, but that is usually a mother and her nearly grown cubs. They will be full size a long time before they are fully mature and ready to make their own place in the wild.
In Captivity In captivity one of the worst things I’ve seen when traveling to zoos, private back yard menageries and “sanctuaries” is that people force cats to live in groups. Whether it is because the person who has set up the caging system doesn’t understand the cats’ needs, or whether they have succumbed to the public constantly demanding that cats be forced into shared space isn’t clear, but either way it is usually a miserable and dangerous existence for the cats. Cats want their own space, their own free access to food and water, their own dens and their own platforms and toys. They don’t like to share.
There are rare exceptions, where cats have been raised together since cubs, that they will tolerate each other and may even find some joy in chasing each other around and grooming each other, but that is the exception, rather than the rule. Even in cases where cats have lived and shared space together their whole lives, the cage has to be built in such a way that they can be easily separated when food, treats or enrichment is involved. That extends to their medical needs too. If cats share space, how can you tell if each cat ate their entire diet, or if each cat is eliminating properly, or get a pill into one without another stealing the treat with the medication?
What I usually see, at places where cats are kept in groups, is that there are dominant cats who get the lion’s share (sorry, couldn’t help that one) of the food, water, best toys, and best lounging spots. There are then the cats at the other end of the totem pole, who have fearful eyes, battered ears, missing tails, scars and are clearly not enjoying their lives. Then there all of the cats in the middle who are desperately trying not to be the least powerful cat in the group, even if they don’t think they can take over as leader. How can a place call themselves a sanctuary when most of the cats in it are not living a peaceful life?
The fact of the matter is that it is cheaper to make cats share space and, as wicked as it sounds, it gives some facilities the ability to “rescue” more cats as their cats kill each other or die from undiagnosed illnesses or from the stress of being forced to fight every day of their lives. Anyone who rescues wild animals can tell you that the public LOVES to fund a rescue but the money raised is never enough for more than the first year of care. In order to keep people donating, many places feel like they have to keep bringing in more cats. When you consider that they can live into their late teens and early twenties it becomes clear why they may not want to foster situations that allow last year’s rescued cat to achieve their full potential in longevity.
The things I’ve heard these people say is unbelievably callous. They say things like, “I rescued them, so they can work the rest out themselves.” No, they really can’t, because the way they would work that out in the wild means putting miles in between themselves and other cats. There are no captive situations that make that possible. There are some that do a better job than others, but most are crammed into quarters that aren’t even big enough for one cat, much less a whole group of them.
The proof is in the age and condition of the cats at the end of their lives.
There are VERY few facilities that post all of their exotic cats by name, birthdate and bio like we do. Even fewer who update you in real time about changes in their health and habits like we do. There are none, other than Big Cat Rescue, that I know of who also post a tribute to every cat who ever lived at the sanctuary. On that site we list their date of birth, if known, and approximated based on vet observations at the time of rescue, which is posted, their date of death and the vet’s necropsy findings. From that you can see that cats at Big Cat Rescue on average live to be 17, with some outliers who have lived to 24 to a month shy of 30. Other places will often post a claim of an old age at the time of death but have never provided any corroborating evidence during the cat’s life.
If there are other places that you want to support and promote then ask them to give you, and the rest of the world, all the information that we give our donors. If they are doing right by their animals, the world will take notice and support them. If they aren’t then why would you want to be involved with them?
Read the entire page at http://bigcatrescue.org/solitary/
Note To Viewers: Let us know if the information on BigCatRescue.org/solitary/ helps you when explaining the issue to newcomers. If so, I'm sure Carole will continue to make pages like this so you have all the tools you need to teach others about various big cat issues.
Why don't they have toys in the lake?
They do have great big balls made strong enough for tigers to safely play with. They also have a floating keg named Peg. They knock the toys around and out into the lake and play with them there. Soon they get bored playing with them in the lake. When that happens keepers and interns lock the cats safely in their roofed ares while Carole, Gale, or Jamie stand guard while the keepers and interns go in and wrestle the toys out of the lake and back on to dry ground. The cats then act like they just got new toys and have a blast knocking them back into the lake again. That is quite a daunting task because the lake is spring fed so it is always cold water. The tigers love the cold water but the keepers and interns, not so much.
All of the cats toys are purr-chased at WildlifeToyBox.com They are really expensive buy anything cheaper just is not safe for the wild species of cat. Some of the toys the sanctuary bought and some were purr-chased and donated by amazing supporters, like you. The toys are supposed to be indestructible but, LOL, these cats manage to find a way to destroy them anyway so we are always having to buy replacements.
VIDEO: Evening Walkabout just to see some of the cats.
See the mess left by Andre, Arthur, and Amanda.
Cats you will see: Cameron and Zabu, Diablo, Cyrus, Chaos, Ginger, Zimba, Sundari, Jade, Reise, Frosty, Gilligan, Apache, Smalls, Max
Carole talks about:
- Chaos Caracal going back outside
- Thoughts are about putting Chaos and Cyrus back together
- Mickey and what is happening with him
- Our online stores & someone posing as us on Twitter
- Her time in West Virginia and not regretting life decisions
- Mowing and saving a grand a week
- Jamie's presentation on rescues
- Small cat vacation enclosure updates
- Cyrus's Choronavirus
- Donated items: Coolaroo beds and iPads
- LOL, Carole trying to sound like a cougar
- Working with a newcomer
- Talking about a snake and barricades
- Tour rules
- How much the cats love the Coolaroo beds
- Fire hose hammocks for tigers
- Skipper & Gilligan
Auto Plate - Big Cat Photo Vanity Plate $8.00 Show your support for BCR with these vanity auto plates featuring your favorite cat. Wild Cat License Plates feature felines residing at Big Cat Rescue. Choose Sabre the Black Leopard, Simba the Leopard, Joseph the Lion, Shere Khan the Tiger, Windstar the Bobcat or Genie the Sand Cat. Each is a standard sized collector license plate that is made of an aluminum type metal with pre-cut bolt holes.
Keeper Mary Lou was able to catch some great snapshots of Purrfection Ocelot: Purrfection checking out all the new green growth from the recent rain.
Jamie: Say Cheeeeeze
Jamie: What's up? (Jade & Armani)
Jamie: (This is being reposted by request) Ginger enjoying an afternoon siesta in her Coolaroo bed / hammock.
Jamie (June 18th): Chaos Caracal (reposting per viewer request)
This is one of my favorite sections of Big Cat Updates because these viewers post new videos every day, or almost every day, of the cats here being cats. They capture fun clips from the cats live streaming web cams so the rest of us, ( and you) can see what we missed. If you have not checked these out, I highly highly recommend it.
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Funny Crazy Cats!
Feline Frisky! … Cole and Marm definitely had some fun in this hallway :)
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
When you purr-ticipate in Carole’s Facebook Live contest you need to put your answers in the special form at BigCatRescue.org/win
Question: Who does Max the bobcat live with?
Winner: Kelly Camren