March 29 2017

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Big Cat Updates

Anna & Will are temporarily separated so that we can observe Will via a camera trap.

Keisha did not eat all her breakfast, but this afternoon she made up for it by eating everything.

Cameron's favorite today seems to be turkey.

Cougar cubs are on the observation list because one of their water bowls was lower today than it normally is.  We need to watch closely to see if they splashed it out or if someone is drinking more water than they usually do.

PurrFection is on the observation list because one of her poops did not look just right. LOL, the things keepers talk about during breaks and snacks is hilarious.  The condition of one of PurrFection's poops was a big topic of conversation over morning coffee and tea.

Zeus is being a bit stubborn about letting the keepers put in his eye drops.

Kricket Serval

Dr. Justin looked at Kricket's paw on Monday. She has equal sized swellings on both front wrists, most likely some mild arthritis. While she did curl the paw under her when she laid down, she did not limp at all when she ran over to him and was walking around. For now we will be monitoring her and if her condition worsens we will sedate and examine.

Kricket was born 4/1/2001 and was rescued 3/11/2011.

Exotic cats kept as pets are often fed improper diets resulting in serious health problems.  Her former owner, a vegan, insisted that Kricket eat a predominantly vegetarian diet.  She insisted that Kricket preferred broccoli to animals, but here Kricket loves the variety of raw meat.

Whatever Kricket’s diet was, it’s obviously taken a toll on the little serval: her back and rear legs show signs of stunted development and her tail is unusually curled, which is most likely the result of her past injuries, inbreeding that is common in the pet trade and her insufficient diet.  Some of Kricket’s bone deformities have improved since she has been on an improved diet, however, some damage cannot be reversed.

 Why is Sioux Bobcat so agitated?

From what we gathered from her former caregiver, she and her brother most likely were taken from the wild as kittens. Wild bobcats are much more intelligent and high strung than those who have been selectively bred for dullness and / fur morphs.

Her brother is just about as nervous, even though he's outside in a much larger space. We are trying to keep them calm while they heal from their recent spay and neuter but we don't want to dope them up if a couple days of quiet can do it.

Even though they may have been born in the wild, they were handled as kittens and became too imprinted to be released. We are doing all we can to help them adjust to their new surroundings and hope to see them blossom, just like Dryden and Kewlona have.

Watch her on the hospital recovery nest cam at

 Big Cat Gift Shop -

Big Cats Mug

Big Cats of Big Cat Rescue 11 or 15 oz. mug features a photo collage of several of the big cat residents including; Zabu tiger, Armani leopard, Hoover tiger, Cameron lion, Jade leopard, Reise cougar, Joseph lion, Nikita lioness, Aspen cougar, Sabre black leopard, Andre tiger and Cheetaro leopard.

This sturdy white, glossy ceramic 15 oz mug is an essential to your cupboard. This brawny version of ceramic mugs shows it’s true colors with quality assurance to withstand heat in the microwave and put it through the dishwasher as many times as you like, the quality will not be altered. Dishwasher and microwave safe.


  Facebook Live Video Replays

The live videos kept freezing however, the replays are not freezing.

3/29/2017 Attempt One

3/29/2017 Attempt TWO Evening Meds with Kathryn

See Seth, Sabre, Ginger, JoJo, Jade, Armani, Joseph, Afton and her slippers, Aspen, Reise, Cheetaro, Mac, Hoover, Keisha,

Hear Aspen purring loudly.

3/29/2017 Evening Meds with Kathryn & Vaccinations with Gale & Dr. Justin

See Kathryn try to do meds with Zeus.

See Dr. Justin vaccinate Andy.

 Featured Big Cat - Mac Cougar

Date of birth:  9/2/1996

Date of Rescue:  1/9/1998

Mac is 20 years old and will be 21 later this year.  Mac loves to flirt with all the girl cougars and even though they usually ignore him, he never gives up.

Many years ago Mac picked out one specific keeper to be his purr-sonal favorite and that is Keeper Matt R.  He likes his other keepers but he has a very special attachment to Matt.

Mac was brought here by his owner to be boarded because of zoning laws changing in his owner’s home town, but that was many years ago.

VIDEO:  Mac Is Quite a Talker


VIDEO:  5 Popular Cats at Big Cat Rescue June 2016

Mac is the second cat featured in this video.  See him getting snacks and a 'sicle, and hear him chatter.


The Many Faces of Mac

These are photos pulled from the archive covering several years.  Mac is very expressive and never hesitates to show his emotions.


Mac having a playful moment ~Intern Keeper Alex W

Mac enjoying the cinnamon his favorite keeper brings him.

Mac & His Favorite Log



For Enrichment Mac's favorites are: catnip, cinnamon, and various kinds of 'sicles.

Mac Cougar received a triple play yesterday: a bloodcicle, catnip and cinnamon. ~Keeper Matt R

Cats sometimes choose a certain keeper to be THEIRS!! Many years ago, Mac Cougar chose Matt R to be HIS!! At times, we have had to call Matt at his regular job to come over on his lunch hour to coax Mac to go on FunCation because Mac will sometimes ignore the rest of us but almost always follow Matt.

Photos By / Of Matt, Mac's Favorite Keeper

My Baby ~Keeper Matt

Matt & Mac

Mac - Photo by Ciara Reddie


Sponsor Mac Cougar

Sponsorships enable us to provide things the cats need.  One example is Mac, being 20 years old takes daily medications like many of the older cats do.  Those expenses really add up.

Sponsor Kits start at $25 for a one year sponsorship.

All kits include the following appreciation gifts:

- Four page color fact sheet about your chosen species
- Big Cat Rescue logo window decal
- Registration Card you use to select the cat of your choice. The card has the link to our website to see the cats and their bios
- 8x10 color photo of the cat you choose to sponsor with the cat name and your name as sponsor printed on it

Mac is also featured on this Cougar Bracelet

Gun metal charcoal finished bracelet features 7 15mm cougar photos mounted beneath a crystal clear glass dome. Photos include; Mac, Aspen, Reise, Mickey, Orion, Ares, and Artemis. Bracelet is 8.5" long and has an extra chain at clasp that can extend size 1.5" more.

 Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act Introduced

Federal Bill launched to end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses

March 28, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (DA-AZ) introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) to Congress,a bill backed by Animal Defenders International (ADI) that, if passed, would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows in the US.

The Bill will be launched with a press conference in 421 Cannon House Office Building, which will be addressed by Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (DA-AZ), the stars of TV hit drama CSI Jorja Fox ('Sara Sidle') and Eric Szmanda ('Greg Sanders'), former Congressman Jim Moran, ADI President Jan Creamer, and a video message from legendary TV host Bob Barker.

There was a screening of the new short film from ADI, 'The Reluctant Performers', which features more than a dozen celebrities from the entertainment industry (Ed Asner; Danny Boyle; Brian Blessed; James Cromwell; Jorja Fox; Tonya Kay; Kim Matula; Moby; Eric Roberts; Mindy Sterling; Eric Szmanda; Alexandra Paul; Diane Warren) in support of the bill to end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses, with the simple message "Leave the entertaining to the people who want to perform, they have a choice."

Watch the new video:

ADI studies worldwide show a consistent pattern of confinement, deprivation and physical abuse in animal circuses. These stressed wild animals suffer in small, barren, mobile facilities in circuses that also represent a threat to public safety. Escaped animals have maimed and killed workers and members of the public, including children.

TEAPSPA sponsors Rep Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) have concluded that given the circumstances of constant travel, and the need to house animals in temporary facilities and on the backs of trucks, both animal welfare and public safety are inevitably compromised. With the inherent public safety, inspection and oversight issues repeatedly cited by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), ending the use of wild animals in the travelling shows is a practical and proportionate solution.

Representative Grijalva announced: "The captivity of exotic animals has proven over the years to be torturous to some of the most majestic creatures on Earth, and downright dangerous for the people who come to see them. A growing public understanding of the detrimental impacts on animals and the risks posed to attendees has already changed the face of circuses in America. It is imperative that we meet the call to end this practice once and for all."

Representative Costello said, "Traveling circuses have raised concerns about the treatment and well-being of wild and exotic animals, such as their ability to move and socialize. The Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act will protect these animals from activities that are detrimental to their health. The residents of Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District are strong supporters of animal welfare and I'm proud to introduce this bill with Rep. Grijalva."

Actor Eric Szmanda, known to 73 million viewers as CSI's 'Greg Sanders', said: "In this day and age we should not be forcing elephants, lions, bears, tigers or any animal for that matter, to suffer in the name of entertainment. The US needs to join more than 30 other countries that have banned the use of exotic animals in the circus. That's why I'm supporting the introduction of TEAPSPA."

Actress Jorja Fox, knownworldwide as CSI's 'Sara Sidle', said: "Congress has a responsibility to protect the welfare of animals and ensure public safety. A prohibition on the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses is proportionate, responsible, the least expensive solution to this problem, and long overdue. We call on Congress to bring to an end, once and for all, the abuse and suffering that has been exposed by ADI time and time again."

Philanthropist and legendary host of The Price Is Right, Bob Barker says: "Americans are becoming increasingly aware that circus animals suffer from violent training techniques and severe confinement. Big, wild animals should not be part of the traveling circus and simply put, animal acts in circuses are antiquated and belong in the past, in a time when humans were ignorant about the needs of the other species who share our planet."

ADI President Jan Creamer said "The evidence is clear - circuses simply cannot meet the needs of these animals in small, mobile accommodation, and public safety is at risk when people stand so close to the animals. That is why over 30 countries around the world have taken action and why it is time for the US to act."

Across 27 states in the US, 71 jurisdictions have already banned or restricted the use of wild animals in traveling shows, often citing animal welfare and public safety concerns.

34 countries have national prohibitions on wild animals in circuses. ADI recently completed operations with the wildlife departments of Peru and Bolivia to enforce bans on animals in circuses. The missions, confiscating and relocating almost 200 circus animals enjoyed huge public support.

For more information about TEAPSPA:

Animal Defenders International
Millbank Tower, Millbank
Tel: +44 (0)20 7630 3340

 Letter To Management

March 29, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam:

I must protest, once again, about the peeping tomcats (Joseph, Arthur and Andre) directly across from the Vacation Rotation. Every time I turn around they are staring at my Bu. If you recall, I very kindly gave Joseph a blindfold for Christmas, but he appears reluctant to wear it. I don’t have to worry so much about the southern boys because their sister keeps them in line, but Joseph is a different story.

He will try anything to attract my Bu. First thing in the morning he gets up and shakes his Joe Jovi mane just to show how much hair he has. The joke is on him – my Bu prefers bald men.

Then he starts roaring to get her attention. This is useless because we all know my roar is 100% better and louder than his.

After roaring, he falls dramatically over in a dead faint thinking my Bu will run over there to resuscitate him. Now, honestly, how silly can you get? And when he does finally get up, he positions his nosey self like a loaf of bread and watches everything we do. At that point we usually retire into the den just to get away from him.

If I recall correctly, I requested curtains or a solid fence the last time we were on vacation. I now revise that request. I’m thinking perhaps Gale or someone can stand on the road between the Vacation Rotation and the peeping tomcats, and every time one of them looks our way – BAM! blast ‘em with the water cannon! That’s right, treat ‘em like the Relentless! They are, after all, just as annoying!

Thank you for your attention.


Cameron Lion
(Sent via Lori D., Secretary to the Cats)

Rescuing Two Bobcats from an Alabama Roadside Zoo, Part 1

 Coffee, Tea, & Snacks for Keepers

GREAT BIG SMILES - Got an email from Gale saying there are plenty of snacks now for the next couple of weeks; the cupboard is full.

The keepers are really enjoying their breaks.  They come in from working, wash up, sit down for a few minutes, have a refreshment and a snack while they discuss who ate and who didn't, who had poop and who didn't, who was up in a tree, who was hissy, who was chatty, who Hoover was flirting with, and who needs fresh hay in their dens, etc.

Carole, Gale, and everyone says to tell you ALL, THANK YOU!!!!!!!  It so wonderful seeing the keepers and interns feeling pampered and spoiled.

 Keeper Corner

Zeus enjoying another beautiful day at Big Cat Rescue. ~Keeper Rebecca W.


Now that it is getting warmer outside, the big cats are really enjoying their bloodsicles!  ~Keeper Afton
-Armani, Aspen Echo, Reise

THANK YOU for the 1,000+ 'sicle cups.  The cats are really loving their daily 'sicles.


Morning Bobcat Cuddles with Mrs. Claws and Nabisco :-)  ~Jamie

Matt & Jenn, both of whom have been keepers here for, I think, maybe 18 years now.

 Viewer Videos From

There are some GREAT videos recorded by viewers at that you will really enjoy watching.

Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:

 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it's very own page

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

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