Big Cat Updates
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Devin Saari’s Coordinator Notes for 3/14/2018
We were short handed today but we managed to get everything done!
Nabisco was moved into the cat hospital because he was not feeling well this morning, but he is eating well in the hospital.
The were lots of tours today so the interns were very busy. All but Abbey were on tours so she was able to do food prep in the afternoon with Victoria. Thank goodness!
The cicle cats all loved their treats even though it was cold out today!
The snack cats were all happy to get their extra food!
That’s all for today!
More Things of Interest:
Aphrodite, one of the rehab bobcats, has high kidney values so we are filming her drinking with a camera trap to make sure she’s getting enough fluids.
Cats were moved around yesterday so be sure to see WHO is in the Vacation Rotation enclosure!! Explore.org/bigcatrescue
It is Spring Break time which means we are really busy at the sanctuary. This means we are away from our desks more and out on the grounds so if there is a delay in responding to emails or messages, please be patient.
Baby Shamrock is on the Bobcat Rehab Camera now, instead of Noel. She is a wild one, that’s for sure. Be sure to watch her on the Bobcat Rehab Cam
Something FUN to Share for St. Patrick's Day
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the big cats enjoyed yummy green tuna and minnow popsicles!! Take a look!
Facebook Video Replays
Baby bobcat, Shamrock, on her swing Get an early morning view of new rehab kitten on her swing in Big Cat Rescue’s wild bobcat Rehab Center.
Learn more about our Rehab & Release Program at http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/
Andy Tiger being cute in his own lakeside habitat at Big Cat Rescue. Watch Andy Tiger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nights too, at http://explore.org/tigerlake The amazing Explore web cams have great night vision.
Keisha Tiger going home from Vacation Rotation: Keisha’s vacation is over and she is in the tunnel waiting for the tunnel doors to be opened. Even though the cats love vacation, they are also happy and anxious to go home. You can see that my how fast Keisha races to get through the vacation enclosure to the next shifting tunnel. When she arrives back at her home suite of cages she races around checking out everything.
Tidbit: Sometimes, when Keisha is moved we have to station people all along the route because Keisha loves the tunnels and if she had her choice she’d hang out in the tunnels for hours.
Memory Lane: Back when we were building the Vacation Rotation we had a section of tunnel built. At that time a very old tiger named Bengali, LOVED hanging out in that tunnel.
Maya cougar goes on FunCation
Learn more about this cougar at https://BigCatRescue.org/maya/
Nabisco & Mrs. Claws
After spending a little time in the recovery hospital for observation it was time for Nabisco to go back home. Mrs Claws seemed so happy to see Nabisco, so we don’t know if she was just too forward or what, because they were locked in battle in a split second. Neither has any visible wounds, other than a tiny scratch on Nabisco’s nose. We have separated them to watch for a while.
Tidbit: This is a great example of why when a couple cats share space we double the space they have. That way if we do have to separate them for a both they will both still have plenty of space. Also, this is another reason why we each cage section has a den, feeding lockout, and water bowls. If we have to quickly separate cats no one gets left without all the amenities of home.
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Bobcat Rehab Update
Baby bobcat kitten, Shamrock, was moved from the recovery hospital out to the Bobcat Rehab Center. It did not take her long to come out of the carrier and start literally climbing the walls and roof of the small section of her rehab cage.
You will be able to watch Baby Shamrock on the high quality Explore.org webcam. If you forget the link, the list of all the cams can be found at BigCatCams.com. The Explore cam has great night vision and an option to take snapshots.
If you missed little Shamrock’s arrival or story you can find those details on the Big Cat Updates for March 13th and 14th. You can get to those past updates at BigCatRescue.org/updates/
More Bobcat Rehab News
Tidbit: Each rehab cage has multiple sections. How many sections each rehab cat gets for now is determined by they health and how far along they are in their show of skills, and how close an eye we still need to keep on them to assess their readiness for more sections.
Cage 1: Shamrock – will start out with access to the two small sections
Cage 2: Lucky & Clover – will have the entire suite of sections
Cage 3: Noel – will have access to the two small sections and the two medium sections
Cage 4: Aphrodite – Her quarantine time is over tomorrow. She can have access to her entire suite of sections.
We still need to install rat tubes in Cage 3 & 4. If you want to donate to help with this project you can do so on the secure link at BigCatRescue.org/rehab
PHOTOS: Moving Aphrodite and Noel and bringing in Shamrock in squeeze cage.
Camera Operator Kristine’s Overnight Report from March 12, 2018:
Good morning, Noel was very active overnight. She watched Clover and Lucky for a while, and then she plotted her escape……she was on the platform and stood on her hind legs with her front legs against the side of the cage and looked up trying to find a way out.
She got the major zoomies, and was zooming (really fast) from her den to the platform and back again, over and over for like 15 minutes, lol. I could not keep up with her on the camera…..It was SO cute!
Camera Operator Kristine’s Overnight Report from March 13, 2018:
Good morning, Noel wasn’t as active overnight. She was in her den a lot of the time. She did come out a couple of times to look around and of course watch Clover and Lucky for a while. She also did her digging in the grass and found something to eat. She still digs and digs and digs, in the same areas every night. By the log where the rats come out, by the fence that the cam looks through to see her den (she digs on the den side), in between the fence and the wood transport crate, in the open area in front of the platform (kind of by the wood crate and the pile of logs) and under the platform. She did run around a bit, but not like the night before when she had the zoomies, lol.
I attached a couple of photos, one of her digging under the platform, one of her eating in the grass while sitting on the log (cute) and one of her standing on the logs. She really seems to like standing on those.
I wish you a wonderful day! Warm wishes, Kristine Metzner
Camera Operator Kristine’s Overnight Report from March 14, 2018:
Good morning, I wasn’t going to send a Noel overnight report every morning now, unless I saw something that you might want to know about, because I don’t want to be repetitive and I know that you have umpteen emails everyday. But, since she will be moving to a different Rehab cage, I just had to send one last one for her.
She was quiet overnight, napped in her den a lot, but came out a couple of times to check things out, to watch Clover and Lucky and of course dig, dig, dig in the grass, this time under the logs in the corner by the wood crate. She sat so pretty on the platform, looking all around at the night time happenings. She did eat her rat, after tossing it all over the cage, of course. She is so cute!
She has been a joy to watch! I am looking forward to watching precious little Shamrock grow up into a fierce Bobcat and then be released back to the wild. Thank you for allowing us to watch these amazing Rehab and Release Bobcats and the wonderful work you do with them.
I wish you a wonderful Thursday! Warm wishes, Kristine Metzner
Keepr Corner & Fun Photos
Babycakes had a belly ache yesterday, but it is nothing a little saw grass wouldn’t fix. He always tries to eat the whole strand at one time until he realizes it doesn’t swallow easy like that. I love hearing him crunch on it! ~Afton
Foster Kitten News
Intern House, Modglin, has a new mom, Anika, and her six 4 week old kittens. They are on the end of an upper respiratory infection, so please Karma and the interns are taking special precautions to avoid spreading it to any of the kittens currently being fostered in the Intern houses. Yes, sometimes, when foster kittens arrive they are sick and need special care, of which the fostering team lovingly provides.
Some of the precaution instructions Kitten Karma has issued to all the fostering team are:
If you go to the Modglin House, please change your clothes and wash up before handling your own kittens. If you live in the Modglin and go to other houses, please may sure you have washed and changed into clean clothes.
I will be supplying Modglin with drapes. Please use those when handling the kittens until they’ve completed their antibiotics.
The fewer people that handle these kittens the better, until they are over this, however, Fred has graciously agreed to take this litter on even though he’s the only intern in the house. I will be helping him, but if any other interns not housing unweaned kittens in your room would like to offer him a hand, I’m sure he’d appreciate it.
I ask all interns that have tiny kittens still with mom, please do not handle these sick ones at all until I give the go ahead. Modglin, please do not handle tiny ones from other houses for now.
Thank your for all your hard work for these precious little lives!
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Foster Kitten Program
Well, the Kitten Napper is at it again! The following are returning to the Humane Society to find their furever homes.
- Momma Selena
- Jackson (Maverick)
- Casper (Goose)
- Pugsley (Bing)
Some of the kittens have moved around between the intern houses. Here is an update:
Intern House, Sand Cat, is caring for kittens, Adam, Pixie, Mylo, & little Sara
Intern House, Himalayan, is caring for some weaning long hair kittens. Such cutie pies!
Intern House, Modglin, is caring for a mom and her six 4 week old kittens that are getting over an upper respiratory and are on medication.
PAWS UP if you are watching the Kitten Cabana Web Cam to help us keep an eye on the other kittens while the interns work during the day caring for the big cats.
If you would like to help us provide the kitten food, milk, litter, beds, laundry soap, medications, etc that is needed for this domestic cat and kitten fostering program you can do so securely through our website at http://bigcatrescue.org/donate/
Joseph's Memorial Photo Book
There is still time to reserve your copy of Joseph’s Photo Memorial Book.
Pages 1 thru 24 are completed and we are still working on pages 25 thru 40. More info, description, and buttons to reserve your copy can be found at http://chatbigcats.com/joseph-memorial-photo-book/
When the book is finished and sent to the publisher for printing, I will only be ordering the number of books that are reserved.
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