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Big Cat Fact
Jaguars are the largest felines in the Americas. Adult males can reach an overall length of more than 7 feet and can weigh anywhere from 150 to 200 pounds.
The name Jaguar comes from the ancient Indian name “yaguar” which meant “the killer which overcomes its prey in a single bound.”
Big Cat Briefing May 11, 2019
In case you have missed previous days’ news briefings you can find them all at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCPv8ivo6o4CZHFifkfRYDw
Coordinator Report - Sue Messineo
What a day, busy and hot. Summer has arrived in Florida. A big thank you to Babs and Maureen for taking enrichment and cicles out to all of the cats and giving them out so afternoon tour guests cats could see them enjoying their treats.
We had a nice amount of volunteers today and were able to get sign-offs done for those who needed them. Thanks to Rich and Barbara Ann for giving the feeding tour and to Babs for giving the keeper tour. Bethann gave out cicles to the cicle cats. Barbara Ann did her Saturday stick picking-up. Becky, Amanda, Mary J., and Kristen were in to clean and feed, among other things. Tonya, Dylan, Mazz, and Barbara Ann cleaned up Jasmine's enclosure for when she comes back from vacation.
Hoover and Keisha both ate well in the PM.
Nikita Lion to See the Vet
Carole lets us know about a medical scare with Nikita Lion. You Can Lead a Lion to Water
But can you make her drink? Nikita the 18-year-old lioness ate breakfast, as usual, this morning, but later in the day, it was obvious that she felt horrible. She coughed some yesterday but hasn't coughed at all today. Her keepers lured her into the shade and are trying to get her to drink or have a frozen treat to cool down.
Meanwhile, the vets have been called and Dr. Wynn may have to sedate her tonight if we can't get anti-nausea meds into her today. It hurts to see her moving so slowly and being so uncomfortable. We will keep you posted.
So my afternoon project was making more sicles to hand out to the cats. I emptied this freezer first into the other horizontal freezer so that all of the frozen sicles can be handed out over the weekend on the Keeper Tours. Then I filled the vertical freezer UP!!! The cats love these treats when it is hot here....which is pretty much all the time. Sicles are also important for some of our older cats who have kidney disease so this gives them extra fluids. - Master Keeper Honey Wayton
Videos of the Day
HAPPY CATurday! Dutchess Tiger says, "Wearing stripes is fashionable!"
Dutchess Tiger is LOVING her Tiger Lake enclosure. Her 'stinky face' cracks me up!
Merchandise of the Day
New custom design by artist Micah Keillor to raise awareness for Big Cat Rescue. Show your love of wild cats and start a conversation about saving big cats in the wild with this vintage style apparel that benefits the big cats! Available with our logo on the front and design on the back or just a bold design on the front!
Photos for the Day
Max doing what Max does best - looking adorable and stalking birds! Photo by Keeper Karla, a yellow shirt keeper that works with the Small Cats and Cougars and has been a wonderful Keeper here since 2017.
Happy CATurday from the silly Princess Priya Tigress!
Gilligan the Canada lynx thinks that the lockouts are for eating, drinking, AND napping.
Miss Tiger Lilly Bobcat is looking for a spot to take a long catnap on this CATurday evening!