March 13 2018

Big Cat Updates

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ANOTHER NEW Rehab Bobcat Kitten JUST ARRIVED THIS EVENING!  See details & photo below. Watch for LIVE Video Notifications.  If you have not signed up for notifications please do it now at https://m.me/bigcatrescue and we will alert you when this new baby arrives.

Rehab bobcat kittens, Clover and Lucky, will be getting their vaccinations, soon.  They are doing well and are frequently being spied on by Noel.

Lauren Buckingham’s Coordinator Notes for 3/12/2018

Another good day today, minus the rain in the morning.

Food prep was done before lunch so all the interns could go on tours in the afternoon.

We ended up sending out 5 tours, totaling almost 100 guests. Thank you to Sarah C and Jan for staying so we could send out the extra 2 tours.

The new feeding sheets are done.

What is a Feeding Sheet? Each cat’s individual diet is set by the vets based on each cat’s individual needs such as species, age, overall health, activity level, and the cat’s likes and dislikes are also taken into account. Meat is pulled from the freezer and placed in the walk-in cooler to thaw for the next morning.

Every cat has a bucket or container labeled with their name. The interns and keepers separate out each cat’s daily meal and snacks by following a spread sheet that lists each cat, what they need in their bucket and how much.

NEW Rehab Bobcat Cat Arriving This Evening

Last Thursday, we were called to rescue a bobcat who had been hit by a car on Harrison Ranch Road in Parrish, FL but that was an hour away. A local rehabber, named Damen Hurd, got there first and was able to get the bobcat to his vet much more quickly than we would have been able to get him back to Tampa. We arrived on the scene just minutes after Damen had already left for the vet’s office.

We kept in touch with Damen, only to learn that the bobcat had died from his injuries while still in intensive care at the vet’s office at 2 am the following morning.

During our conversations he mentioned they had a bobcat kitten in rehab. Because we have Clover and Lucky, who might be suitable playmates, and because of the extensive runs we’ve created for the final stages of rehab, we decided to work together on her final rehab by transferring her to Big Cat Rescue.

It’s great to collaborate with rehabbers who understand the importance of keeping these native bobcats wild so they can be released back where they belong.

If you would like to help support our Rehab efforts with these five bobcats, and those in the future, here is a secure donation link https://BigCatRescue.org/rehab

Bobcats currently in the Rehab Center are:

  1. Noel
  2. Aphrodite
  3. Clover
  4. Lucky
  5. New Kitten

We do not know, yet, if the kitten has a name. We will let you know as soon as we know.

When the new Rehab Bobcat Kitten Arrives this evening she will spend the night in the Recovery Hospital where it is quiet.

She will have two cameras on her.  Here are the links.  Enjoy watching her and taking snapshots.

  1. https://video.nest.com/live/JsXOueQiYt
  2. https://video.nest.com/live/l0j483FoeG

ACTION ALERT

It’s happened again, just last week: a major television network (FOX) featured a rented tiger from the notorious exotic animal rental business Hollywood Animals to use in an episode of a television program (9-1-1) for shock value and to garner high ratings.

If you regularly receive our Alert emails, you’ll recall that in January CBS television show NCIS Los Angeles featured an adult tiger in an episode. BOTH SHOWS USED AND EXPLOITED THE SAME TIGER!

Hollywood Animals “trains” big cats and other exotics and rents them out for events, movies, TV shows and advertising. Hollywood Animals makes the dangerous claim that their big cats are perfectly safe working with untrained actors. They have a long history of exploiting big cats and numerous USDA violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Big Cat Rescue contacted executives at both FOX and CBS to explain that big cats should never be used as entertainment or props to boost ratings for television shows; they are wild animals that deserve dignity and our respect.

We also provided FOX and CBS with information about Hollywood Animals. Neither network responded.

So now we NEED YOUR HELP. Will you please let FOX and CBS executives know there are many people who don’t want to see big cats exploited on a television show? Ask FOX and CBS to exclusively utilize computer generated imagery (CGI) technology rather than real big cats in their programming.

Thank you for speaking up for this tiger who can’t speak up for himself!

TAKE ACTION AT THIS LINK BELOW:
http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=24543

PLEASE, if you care, give two minutes of your time to go to that link and take action. If this really tugs at you, then go a step further and copy/paste this text to YOUR own pages and tag friends that you know love big cats enough to give two minutes of time to help save them.

Change WILL NOT happen UNLESS people who care actually care enough to act. Do you care enough? Do you know others who care enough? Yes, please reach out to them and purr-sonally ask them to take action, too.

Great Job, Afton!!

Keeper Afton and Cameron, the African Lion
Keeper Afton and Cameron, the African Lion

Many of you know who Afton is.  She is not only a keeper & coordinator here at Big Cat Rescue but she also films and produces the videos at BigCatTV.com and chats with all of you in the comments there.  She helps on the rehab team, the medical team, the keeper team, and pretty much anything and everything else.

We are THRILLED to share this article with you about her life and career at BCR! https://www.elitedaily.com/p/big-cat-rescues-videos-are-made-by-a-caring-woman-living-out-her-dream-life-8422337  This is TRULY an article you will NOT want to miss!!!!!!  It is too amazing to even post excerpts here.  JUST GO READ IT!!!!!!

When a Mom Hides Her Kittens

Keeper Karma, or as we call her “Kitten Karma,” recently sent an educational note around to the amazing interns who take the foster kittens home with them in the evenings.  We thought you all might enjoy the info as well.

Recently, we had an incident where a mom cat hid one of her kittens VERY well, causing panic among some of the interns as the kitten appeared to have evaporated into thin air.

Here are some suggestions and guidelines to follow if this happens again. As always, notify me so I know what’s happening.

First and foremost, although it can be frightening, STAY CALM. You may not know where the baby is, but mom does. If you are frantically opening and slamming doors and cupboards, overturning drawers and throwing things around in a panicked attempt to find the kitten, the mom is less likely to reveal where the one she hid is, and may attempt to hide the others.

Ask yourselves a couple questions. How old is the kitten? Is it newborn or just a few days old? If that’s the case, finding it is a bit more urgent than finding a weaning kitten. Believe me, an older kitten will start hollering when it’s hungry and may come out of hiding itself. A younger kitten will need fed sooner and cannot regulate their body temperature.

Was the kitten sickly or a runt? Was mom trying to harm it? Mom’s often instinctively know before we do that something is wrong and a kitten may not survive. They want to save their resources for the healthy babies, so they may try to kill, hide or bury it. In this case, mom most likely will not reveal where the kitten is, but we need to find it to see if something can be done for it.

If the kitten was healthy and mom just appeared to be moving it, she will come back to it, or attempt to move the others to that same spot. Just watch her and sooner or later, she will show you where the missing little one is, or again, the hidden kitten will start howling.

Mom’s can be very quick and tricky. In this case, the intern was shut in a bedroom with mom, and she quickly chose a desk drawer.

A couple preventions – Make sure there are no holes or escape routes to outside.  Be mindful of any doors left ajar.

Never leave a mom and kittens unattended in a room with the cage open. This is a perfect opportunity for them to move them.

Keep the room that mom and kittens are in calm and quiet. Try not to give her a reason to want to move them (that was not the case this morning, this mom has a history of hiding her kittens no matter what).

Karma L. Hurworth
Assistant Manager/Master Keeper, Big Cat Rescue

NOTE:  When the interns are home the cats and kittens are treated as part of the family to prepare them for life as family members when they find their fur-ever homes.  While interns are out working in the sanctuary during the day cages in intern housing prevent curious kittens from getting into trouble.  Interns take turns going home thru the day to check on kittens who are not yet ready to spend their days in the Kitten Cabana.

Kitten Links of Interest:

You can help our domestic cat & kitten foster program by donating at https://BigCatRescue.org/donate

Watch the kittens playing during the day on the high quality Explore.org live streaming web cam called, Kitten Cabana. Find the link at BigCatCams.com

Big Cat TV

Ball Pit + Kittens = Lots Of Cute Fun!!

What is cuter than a bunch of kittens? Kittens having fun in a ball pit!!

What is cuter than a bunch of kittens? Kittens having fun in a ball pit!!

360 Video

360 Vacation Rotation Wildcat Walkabout March 11, 2018

Scroll around, or move your phone to ride around the sanctuary and watch the tigers, Seth and Hoover eat, as well as cougars: Reise, Maya and Mac. See Dez Serval get his evening meds and check in on “The Biscuits” too.

360 Video Scroll around, or move your phone to ride around the sanctuary and watch the tigers, Seth and Hoover eat, as well as cougars: Reise, Maya and Mac. See Dez Serval get his evening meds and check in on

Amazon Smile GREAT NEWS!!

Our Trio of Tiger Siblings Want You to Know There are TRIPLE the Reasons to Visit AmazonSmile, Select Big Cat Rescue as Your Charity of Choice And Make a Purrchase in March – Donations are TRIPLED for First-Time Purchasers!!!

Our Trio of Tiger Siblings Want You to Know There are TRIPLE the Reasons to Visit AmazonSmile, Select Big Cat Rescue as Your Charity of Choice And Make a Purrchase in March – Donations are TRIPLED for First-Time Purchasers!!! Amanda, Arthur and Andre tiger siblings are wondering if YOU have already selected Big Cat Rescue as your charity on AmazonSmile but haven’t made a first purchase yet? Or maybe this is the first time you’re hearing about AmazonSmile and how you will automatically donate to Big Cat Rescue AT NO COST TO YOU by shopping Smile.Amazon.com instead of Amazon.com? It’s the exact same products and prices! Either way – This is the PURRFECT time to try AmazonSmile! From now until March 31st, AmazonSmile will TRIPLE their normal donation of .5% of every purchase for every FIRST TIME purchaser on AmazonSmile – that’s a roaring 1.5% donation of your first purchase! Learn more and sign up here! http://BigCatRescue.org/amazon-smile
Trio of Tiger Siblings Amanda, Andre, & Arthur

Amanda, Arthur and Andre tiger siblings are wondering if YOU have already selected Big Cat Rescue as your charity on AmazonSmile but haven’t made a first purchase yet?

Or maybe this is the first time you’re hearing about AmazonSmile and how you will automatically donate to Big Cat Rescue AT NO COST TO YOU by shopping Smile.Amazon.com instead of Amazon.com? It’s the exact same products and prices!

Either way – This is the PURRFECT time to try AmazonSmile! From now until March 31st, AmazonSmile will TRIPLE their normal donation of .5% of every purchase for every FIRST TIME purchaser on AmazonSmile – that’s a roaring 1.5% donation of your first purchase!

Learn more and sign up here! https://BigCatRescue.org/amazon-smile

Facebook Video Replays

Estos Gatos Monteses Rescatados

Keeper Angie chats with viewers in Spanish while she gives snacks to bobcats.

Snacks in Spanish Estos Gatos Monteses Rescatados

Keepr Corner & Fun Photos

Loki is such a cutie 😻 He is sneaky and cautious and LOVES food! He makes little nom nom nom noises when he eats❤😋 https://bigcatrescue.org/loki/

Loki is such a cutie 😻 He is sneaky and cautious and LOVES food! He makes little nom nom nom noises when he eats❤️😋 https://bigcatrescue.org/loki/ Photo: Keeper Brittany Mira
Photo by Keeper Brittany Mira

Hutch, our new African Serval, sure had a good time playing in the fresh hay in his den before coming out to see what the keepers were up to next. BigCatRescue.org/hutch/

Hutch, our new African Serval, sure had a good time playing in the fresh hay in his den before coming out to see what the keepers were up to next. BigCatRescue.org/hutch/
Photo by Keeper Rich
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