Big Cat Updates
Ginger is locked in the back section of her new enclosures so a platform can be built in the section closest to the tour path. Ginger will be a very happy girl to get a new platform. Can't wait to see what the Dynamic Holley Duo have planned for Ginger.
Reise Cougar, what silly girl!!!! She dug up one of her new plants then pooped in the hole.
Nikita Lion was put on the observation list because one of her poops didn't look just right. It does not necessarily mean anything is wrong but she will be watched closely and checked on just in case and as a precaution the vets have been alerted.
Smalls Bobcat refused breakfast so was offered food again for lunch and that time everything was eaten.
Joseph Lion killed an Ibis. We are trying to transition him back to eating in his lockout instead of being hand fed and he is not too keen on this transition.
Kricket was added to the observation list for having a limp and swelling on her ankle. The vets have been alerted and the keepers are observing her further so they can relay exact details to the vets.
Hoover is off to a great start this morning. He was not fond of chicken this morning and spit it out but he did eat 6.5 pounds of his red meat. I do not yet have the number of how much he ate for lunch.
King Tut enjoyed his mush this morning but turned his nose up at the chicken. It's so funny how the cats change what their favorite foods are so quickly. Yesterday, he enjoyed the red meat and mush for breakfast but for dinner chose red meat, and chicken. Hmmm.... wonder what his favorite will be for dinner, tonight.
TJ didn't want much breakfast this morning. I have not yet heard how his lunch went.
Zeus ate a decent breakfast, too. This morning he likes red meat chunks and chicken thighs. I haven't heard how much he ate at lunch, yet.
VIDEO: 3/17/2017 Seth by Tiger Lake
VIDEO: March 16, 2017 Big Cats & Their Toys Live on Dodo Impact
Took me 5 hours, but the rat tunnels have been drilled and assembled in the first section of Wyeth's enclosure. This new tunnel system is going to be awesome. The holes in the pipes allow for drainage and guillotine doors enable us to choose the path for the rats. Also set up the new den that doubles as a transport crate. ~Jamie Veronica
Learn more about our wild bobcat rehab and release program at: http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/
Currently there are two bobcats in rehab right now.
- Wyeth - Hit by a car and scheduled for release in the next couple of weeks.
- Nova - Orphaned in the wild. She still has some growing and learning to do before she will be ready for release back into the wild.
Bobcat Rehab Day
When keepers go around the wild bobcat rehab area they wear a Ghillie suit. It is crucially important that wild bobcats in rehab not learn to be 'okay' with humans. For them to thrive in the wild, they must remain wild.
Wyeth sneers at the camera trap. ~Jamie Veronica
Amazing aerial shot of the new Bobcat Rehab Center
Today's Big Cat Challenge is to take action on this very important issue AND to encourage at least one friend to take action as well.
Prevent Bobcats from being trapped in National Wildlife Refuges!
Many animals, including bobcats, are regularly killed in a number of states to provide for the growing international demand for fur. These animals are often killed with steel jaw traps, which work in such a way that when animals such as bobcats step into the spring, the trap jaws will slam shut and clamp down on a limb or paw.
These traps are incredibly cruel and definitely do not belong in places reserved for the protection of wildlife. The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act H.R.1438 will ban the use of all body-gripping traps and snares in wildlife refuges, including steel jaw traps.
Big Cat Rescue fully supports this bill. It will not only prevent injury and deaths to bobcats but also to cougars who are often accidentally caught in these traps, as are various other species that call wildlife refuges their home.
Join us in supporting this bill by asking your US Representative to cosponsor the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act H.R.1438!
Today's second Big Cat Challenge is to share this important video on YOUR social media pages.
While this is a subject that is traumatic to hear about, painful to acknowledge, and haunting to think about, it simply cannot be ignored. Ignoring it allows it to continue and allows the horrors to grow and flourish. To stop this tragic practice it must be talked about and exposed.
YOU CAN HELP STOP this nightmare by taking action. This is a VERY Important Video that needs to be shared.
If YOU want to help by sharing this video, here are the links to do so:
Link to copy/paste into your status on Social Media like Facebook etc:
If you have a website or a blog and would like to embed this video there, here is the code for doing that: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LN4I1eZlHMg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Surprised by this masterpiece when I arrived at the sanctuary this morning. Thank you so much Julia Doane for a very special remembrance of my sweet boy Bobcat. ~Jamie Veronica
WOW, all I can think of to say is, "WOW!!!!! OH MY, WOW!!!"
Friday, March 17, 2017 Sassy is all tucked in for the night. She is too precious!! ~Keeper Afton
Sabre sunning his belly. ~Jamie Veronica
Sabre is a 25 year old black leopard. Learn more about him at: http://bigcatrescue.org/sabre-2/
Drone photo of Priya in the Vacation Rotation Enclosure March 4, 2017 ~Jamie Veronica
Learn more about Priya at: http://bigcatrescue.org/priya/
Note To Viewers: Thought you might like to see what Keeper Karma does when she is not here at the sanctuary caring for the big cats and running the domestic foster kitten program.
Karma is the one in blue.
Smile it's Caturday! Andy tiger is such a sweet guy ? I'm excited to give a private tour to some of my previous co-workers today too. ~Keeper Brittany M
Learn more about Andy at: http://bigcatrescue.org/andy/
March 7, 2017 Congratulations, Chelsea! You are a jewel!!
Making St. Patrick's Day Enrichment for the cats. Keepers Rebecca & Sarah first had to "test" the toys, LOL
Even Tigers are Irish the week of St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy a "Guinhiss" too, this week! ~Keeper Vanessa L
If you just need a chuckle today, watch this. I laughed so hard I had to rewind and watch parts of it again.
http://bigcatrescue.org/cat-laws/ - This is the section of our website where we keep you updated on proposed laws that will protect big cats. This is a great link to bookmark and check in on from time to time. This is where YOU Can Make A Difference!!
http://bigcatrescue.org/research/ This is a very interesting page. PURR-sonally, I found it fascinating. Let me know in the comments of either this updates page or on the comments of that research page what YOU think!! Seriously, we are all interested in knowing what YOU THINK!!
Momma Macy and her kittens, Bently and Ryan (aka Dean) all went to their forever homes this week!
Learn more about our domestic cat and kitten fostering program at: http://bigcatrescue.org/kittens/
Viewer Pic - Jean More: I created a collage for Skipper the other day. I think his little buddy Gilligan should have one, too - 'don't want to hurt his feelings!
We recently asked you all for Big Red Solo Cups that we use to make the cats daily 'sicles in and you all really came through!!!
Daily sicles not only give the cats something fun to do for a while, it helps keep the older cats hydrated. Keepers and Interns make a TON of sicles and keeping enough of these cups on hand sometimes is a challenge, so on behalf of all the cats who enjoy getting the sicles and the keepers and interns who make the daily sicles, THANK YOU for your generous gifts!!!
Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue
There are some GREAT videos recorded by viewers at explore.org/bigcatrescue that you will really enjoy watching.
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- 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
- A Heart For Nikita https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxAXUTh29XWQw35acpU1Ag
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
A pot of green cat treats and a pile of catnip of course!
- These are some older clips from 2014 :)
The auditory bullae and the passages from the external ears to the ear drums are greatly enlarged relative to other small felids. The head is broad. The pinna of the ears is triangular, and the ear canal is very wide, giving the cat an enhanced sense of hearing. The ears are large and more pointed than in the manul. They are set low, giving a broad ﬂat appearance to the head.[ This trait may protect the inner ears from wind-blown sand and aid detection of movements of subterranean prey. A highly developed hearing capacity is important for locating prey, which is not only sparsely distributed in arid environments, but also found underground.
This is one of the more diﬃcult cats to study in the wild. Their foot coverings allow them to walk on sand without sinking, leaving their footprints nearly invisible.
They have learned to crouch down and shut their eyes when a light is shone on them, which prevents the light from reﬂecting their eyes for tracking. That combined with their protective coat color makes them blend right into their habitat.
They are proliﬁc diggers, and their claws are not very sharp for lack of places to sharpen them in the desert. The claws on the back paws are short and blunt. Whenever tracks are found you can sometimes see imprints of the claws in the paw print.
They also bury all of their excrement making it impossible to ﬁnd and analyze so their diet can be studied.
Sand Cats weigh in at 4-8 pounds.
The tail has 2-3 black rings towards its black tip. The Sand cat’s tail is relatively long at about nine to twelve inches.
The sand cat (Felis margarita), also known as the sand dune cat, is the only felid found primarily in true desert environments. Sand cats live in both sandy deserts and Stony deserts. They live in areas that are located far away from water sources.
We do have a FREE book about Sand cats available in three formats. The free book is packed with Sand Cat photos and facts.
- iBooks for iPad
- Amazon Kindle
- PDF for all other devices and computers.
If you would like YOUR FREE COPY of "The Elusive Sand Cat" drop me an email at email@example.com and just tell me which format you want and I will reply with the appropriate download link. The book is 100% free.
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