Big Cat Updates
Afton’s Coordinator Notes for 3/13/2018
We were really short handed today, but we managed to get everything done. Devin came in last minute to help clean since we only had one certified cleaner and myself.
We welcomed a new rehab bobcat kitten. She is currently in the recovery hospital. Candy and Andrew are rockstars, and they worked until late on the fourth rehab cage. They finished all the hog rings that needed done.
Spring break is definitely here!!! Lots of tours, and lots of phone calls of people trying to get on tours.
That’s it for me. ~Afton
BY THE WAY: The keepers love the the nicknames you all have given them such as Kitten Karma, Momma Becky, & Big Cat Devin.
Oh, GUESS WHAT!! Volunteer keeper, Big Cat Devin, has started uploading his videos directly to DailyBigCat.com AND he is also adding them to Dropbox so I can post clips of them on Facebook & Instagram, too. We are chuffing with joy! Be sure to subscribe to that YouTube channel so you won’t miss any of his fun new videos of the cats.
Tomorrow is the Moving of the Cats
Many of you have asked who will be getting Joseph’s Kingdom. Jamie announced today that Hoover will get it. We have decided to move him there because he loves being in the sunshine so much and one of the three sections is all sunshine. It has pools, and he will LOVE having LOTS of sunshine. Many of you will enjoy the fact that e will also have the Joseph’s Nest Cam, too.
Planned cat moves for tomorrow are:
- Keisha Tiger will go home from Vacation Rotation
- Natalia Leopard will go home from FunCation
- Maya Cougar will go on FunCation
- Hoover will go out in Vacation Rotation
Educational Tours to See the Cats
Did You Know? We offer a variety of educational guided tours to see the cats and learn about big cat issues? Because the tour styles are so different you might want to go to BigCatRescue.org/tickets/ and click on the name of each tour to get a detailed description and see how the tours differ before you book a tour. That way, you can pick the tour that best suits you.
If you have any questions about how the tours differ, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. (I LOVE chatting about the differences in the tours. If I cannot answer your questions I’ll find someone who can!!)
Foster Kitten Program
I shared some of your fun comments and messages with Kitten Karma about the joke posted in Keeper Corner a couple days about, “What is a Karmavore?” She got a kick out of your reactions to that. THANK YOU for engaging in such fun ways with our amazing keepers.
Some of you have been asking me what wishlist items for the kitten fostering program Karma was talking about in the recent “Miracle Kittens” video. I did not know, so I emailed and ask her. Here is her reply:
“Oops….things have just been a bit nuts on my end. Am going to send you a cute story about our surrogate mom along with a wish list. I’ll try and get that to you today. First need to vaccinate some kittens and make the devastating announcement that the cat napper will be back in business tomorrow!” ~Karma
Bobcats currently in the rehab center are:
- Noel – Hit by a car on Christmas day
- Aphrodite – found at a rehabber;s gate on Valentine’s Day
- Lucky – From a rehabber
- Clover – From a rehabber
- Shamrock – brought in last night from WildlifeInc.org
Rehab Bobcats One The Move: We has been hoping that Shamrock, the new rehab bobcat kitten, could go in with Clover and Lucky, however that is not an option now that we see how much smaller she is than they are.
Because Shamrock is so small we need to move the rehab cats around so that Shamrock will be on this new little one so we can keep a closer eye on her.
The team is working hard today to get another of the new rehab enclosures ready for the moves so this newest arrival, Shamrock can have the rehab with the web cam.
Jamie went to the nursery this morning to pick up $1,600 worth of plants for the last four rehab new rehab cages. All morning, many of you have been making donations at https://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/bobcat-rehab and at BigCatRescue.org/rehab to help us offset this expense. THANK YOU!!
The success of projects like this are possible because of YOUR support!!
Keeper Afton says, “Little Shamrock is just so darn cute!!”
Helping the Cats For Free
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Learn more and sign up here! http://BigCatRescue.org/amazon-smile
DailyBigCat.com is our secondary YouTube channel where Carole uploads the Facebook Live Video replays and other behind the scenes videos. In an effort to help us build that channel up more, Keeper Big Cat Devin, will begin posting his keeper videos there. Be sure to like, comment, and share them so he will know his efforts are appreciated.
Sneaky Tiger!! – Seth: This video has tigers, Seth, Zabu, Andy, Andre, Arthur, Amanda, & more plus lions, Cameron & Nikita. Enjoy.
Nabisco Bobcat Gives us a Scare
This morning during feeding Jamie noticed that Nabisco Bobcat was taking short shallow breaths. His eyes were dilated and he was un responsive. She netted him, and he did not respond.
The vets were alerted and anti seizure medications are on stand by for him, if he has a seizure. Nabisco is in the West Boensch Recovery Hospital and a keeper is sitting with him. The camera is on him too, so we can see how he’s doing.
He seems better, and was probably recovering from a seizure this morning. He has them so infrequently that we keep thinking he’s outgrown them, as bobcats often do.
Hospital camera: https://video.nest.com/live/JsXOueQiYt
Facebook Video Replays
Wildcat Walkabout March 14, 2018 at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL where we will visit with rescued lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and more! Hear Canadian Lynx, Gilligan, calling.
On this Wildcat Walkabout Carole talks about:
- The rehab bobcats and why we are moving them around
- Moses cancer surgery quite some time ago & how he is doing now
- Nabisco and what happened to him
- The Call of the Wild and that it might be soon coming to Facebook, what the Call of the Wild is, etc
- Headlamp donated by Lee & what Carole pans to use it for & why a few more would be really helpful
- Some extra evening snacks for Loki
- Mrs. Claws is missing Nabisco so needed some extra snacks
- See how well Nala Serval camouflages, Carole tells her story
- Please make the Call of the Wild at BigCatAct.com Carole talks about working with other organizations also working trying to get the Big Cat Public Safety Act passed. She also explain what the “Lame Duck Session” is and how YOUR CALLS of the Wild NOW can help get a hearing for the Big Cat Public Safety Act before the “Lame Duck Session.” There has to be a hearing before this can become law.
- Carole also talks about who will get Joseph’s suite of cages, updating Joseph’s page
- She also talks about who will be moving on Thursday