Big Cat Updates
Lynda Licht’s Coordinator notes for 3/4/2018
A chilly morning usually means frisky and hungry cats and I did notice everyone was up and about as I did my drive through. All ate pretty well today. We were especially happy with how much Cameron ate for his favorite Keeper, Jen.
We were sold out for tours again as spring break season officially starts this weekend. I was also able to do a private tour this morning so thanks to Kathryn and Jen for covering and listening for radio calls.
In the morning we swept and mopped both hospitals, put away all the squeeze cages that had been cleaned yesterday and also put away supplies in the Wingsong hospital.
Food prep was done early and all cats have a container as tomorrow is Ivermectin.
We have pulled extra ground beef from the freezer into the walk-in cooler to use for this and also because picky cats like Andre, Cam and Arthur are really liking it too.
We also pulled some turkey necks, turkey thighs and cornish game hem to entice Cameron & others to eat their meds in the morning.
In the afternoon while interns were busy with tours, Rebecca, Romina, and I cleaned out the interior of Natalia’s enclosure. It’s been cleared of branches off roof, raked & weeded inside and the platform scrubbed. (Yes, we have to scrub those big platforms.)
Several interns got their enrichment signoffs today and the cats also enjoyed extra goodies.
Maya Cougar especially enjoyed her tuna cicle.
This Made My Day!!
I figured if anyone would like my silly keeper story from today it would be you guys! ?
I was assigned to feed “Back” route today which includes Hoover. We all know Hoover prefers to eat later in the day but if he is up and moving around in the morning we always try to offer him a meal… this morning he was laying in his den pretending to be asleep (he likes to squeeze his eyes shut as tight as he can while still flicking his tail?) I tried to call him out for a minute or two with no movement…
With the rest of the cats eagerly waiting for breakfast I told him I would come back around at the end and try again. He opened his eyes and I said “Hoover, if you come out and eat for me today it would make my whole day better… it’s been such a tough week and I would be so happy if you would eat for me today”.
I walked away and fed all the other cats on the route. When I looped back around I saw that Hoover had come out of the den and had gone up on his platform. I’m not yet certified to do Operant Conditioning with lions and tigers which means I can’t stick feed (I’m working on it now!). I told him I was proud that he came out but I couldn’t feed him up there.
I shook the bucket and he started to get up… as he started to come down the platform I immediately started shoveling his food into his lockout. When he came around the corner I opened the lockout door and he went right in and started eating like a big boy!!!
He held his end of the bargain and so did I- I had an amazing day today thanks to Hoovie ❤️
Keeper Brittany Mira
More about this precious tiger named Hoover http://bigcatrescue.org/hoover/
Another Keeper Moment by Keeper Rebecca Williams
I found Kewlona and Dryden together in the ferns today. I thought you would enjoy a picture of this shy pair of bobcats.
Viewer Wolfgang Endlicher snapped this photo of Babcakes on the night prowl last night.
Facebook Live Video Replays
Three rescued elderly cougars, Reise, Maya, & Mac enjoy afternoon sicles. Mac and Reise have bloodsicles and Maya has a tuna sicle.
Wildcat Walkabout 3/4/2018 at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL where we will visit with rescued lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and more!
Did YOU See This?
Letter To Management
LETTER TO A HIGHER POWER
March 3, 2018
Dear Sir or Madam:
I’ve been here for a couple of days now, and this place seemed pretty great. All the food and ice cream you can eat, the wind blowing in my mane, lots and lots of fields to run in, and a beautiful lake to gaze out over.
I’ve been telling my beloved Sasha and the rest of my pride all about the wonderful staff and keepers at Big Cat Rescue and how well I was taken care of. I’ve swapped stories with TJ and the rest of the gang. All in all, a pretty nice place.
Well, the bloom is off the rose. Imagine my surprise when I ran into a whole bunch of stinky tigers. Just how many of them are up here, anyway? I mean, I can understand that the ones from my group would be here and the ones from BCR, but who are the rest of these guys? Aren’t there separate cloud areas for them? Will I never be free of these felines?
And is there a stop mail service up here? The first thing I got in the mail was a blindfold from Cameron because he’s afraid I’m still watching Bu. Obviously the book I got him for Christmas (Overcoming Jealousy and Possessiveness) has done no good.
Though this place is pretty perfect, I can see I’m still going to have to change a few things around here …
(Sent via The Cloud to Lori D., Secretary to the Cats)