Big Cat Updates
Picky cats ate well. TJ is eating chicken thighs and is a bit off turkey. Hoover still eating chicken well, but did eat some red today.
Apache and Andi both ate well in the hospital, Andi having a bit of trouble with the cone, tilting the plate with the tongs seemed to help. They were cleaned both sides today.
Andi's enclosure was finished with top soil and grass seed.
Enrichment got done for the 3 pm tour so cats were out for guests.
Moved Seth's misting fan to Gabby's enclosure behind the Leopard Lounge (Afton's Idea) she seems to like it.
Top soil has been hauled in, dumped, carried into cages and spread around. Grass seed has been added and keepers are watering cages with new plants and grass. The cats do enjoy nice grass to roll around in. It is a lot of hot dirty work hauling in top soil and keeping grass growing for the cats. However, when you see the cats rolling around in the grass with a happy look on their face, it sure makes getting sweaty, stinky, and dirty worth it.
Grass seed has also been sewn in the first 2 cages on tiger row and keepers are making sure the new seed stays well watered, these cages don't have top soil so they need all the help they can get.
Proceeds from this gift shop goes toward caring for the cats at Big Cat Rescue and various sanctuary expenses.
LOVING the BRAND NEW Explore.org web cam in Vacation Rotation.
Amanda Tiger Vacation Rotation May 17 2017 Find out more about Amanda at BigCatRescue.org/Amanda I thought this was Andre due to the ear. I'll have to take a closer look.
Check out the new, updated webcam in Vacation Rotation at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-vacation-rotation
Get links to all the Big Cat web cams at: BigCatCams.com
Assistant Manager/Master Keeper, Big Cat Rescue
We are working feverishly to get Tiger Lake ready for Andy Tiger after his surgery Monday. We may be running out of the supplies to get both sides done. Chuck says they have been ordered, but may not get here in time for both Seth and Andy to have lake access by Monday.
Keeper Brittany Mira: Today after feeding and cleaning I made about 3 dozen blood sicles in two sizes and another 2 dozen tuna sicles in 2 sizes. If we had more freezer space I would make sicles all day long!! It's one of my favorite things to do for the cats. It's even better when I get to hand a few out and see the appreciation from the cats.
Tiger Lilly is super shy but does love sicles so she will sneak out after the keepers leave... but sometimes I get lucky and she comes to hang out with me... always with a watchful eye though.
Little White Dove and Running Bear are two of my favs to enrich. They love the sardine sicles the best!
Aspen Echo will ALWAYS graciously accept a tuna sicle. She is simply the best and purrs the whole time.
The following intern houses will be receiving new foster kittens:
- Himalayan: A mom with four 3 week old kittens.
- Sand Cat Castle: Six 6 week old kittens. We will be putting Frankie in with them once they've had negative SNAP tests, so he can have other kittens to play with at home.
- Puma Pad: Three 7 week old kittens.
The older kittens will go into the Cabana as soon as I can get the SNAP tests done.
Karma L. Hurworth
UPDATE: NEW KITTENS!!
A few days ago the Big Cat Challenge was get the original video file and upload it to your own YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, G+, Pinterest and everywhere else you could think of. Within 48 hours over TWO DOZEN of you sent me an email requesting the file to upload.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
Here is the short video:
The video is VERY SHORT and the file is VERY SMALL.
If YOU want this video file to upload directly to your own pages, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply with the video file attached. You can then upload it anywhere you want.
If you would rather just share the video instead here is the YouTube Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8Iy3pI9qI8 and here is the link to a page showing you how to share it from there: http://bigcatrescue.org/share-youtube-video/
PURR-sonally, I plan to upload this video to my personal Facebook page every week when I make the Call of the Wild. I Challenge ALL of YOU to do the same!
Big Cat Models
Viewer Rachael C.: I just love this mug. It is a beautiful design & keeps my drink hot/cold for many hours. Thank you to my wonderful husband for getting it for me :)
Viewer Silver: Texas Tiger on Vacation
100% of the profit from this gift shop goes to protecting cats of all stripes.
Animal Awareness and Fundraiser Charity Event
On May 23, 2017, there will be a fun, free charity event hosted by Night Shift Brewing to benefit four wonderful animal charities that rescue and provide forever homes for unwanted animals.
These charities are:
- Melrose Humane Society
- Big Cat Rescue
- Best Friends
- Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary.
The event will take place at the brewery located at 87 Santilli Highway in Everett, MA from 6PM to 9PM as part of the brewery's Paws & Pints series.
There is no cost to attend but donations are welcome for all four charities/sanctuaries.
Attendees will have a chance to purchase raffle tickets to win prizes and all proceeds from the raffles will be equally divided among the sanctuaries. There will also be lots of free door prizes, which have been generously donated by the charities. Bring Friendly Fido; dogs are more than welcome on the patio. Delicious Night Shift beer and food will be available to purchase.
There will be materials available about each charity's mission and work. Read on to learn more about each charity represented.
Big Cat Rescue in Florida handles rescued circus cats, injured big cats, and a variety of other large felines who are in need of medical assistance and a forever home. These big cats are not
adopted out but find a peaceful existence in an atmosphere which resembles their native habitat.
Drop by the brewery for a fun and enlightening evening. Have a beer and mingle with other animal advocates. Purchase some raffles and get the chance to win a free door prize.
For questions or information email email@example.com
Q: What can I send to my favorite purr-son at Big Cat Rescue?
A: Lately a LOT of you have been sending sweet emails, cards and gifts to me (Carole) and others at the sanctuary. It has really touched our hearts. I can't speak for the others, but when it comes to me, please don't send me things to sit on shelves. This is my idea of the perfect home:
When I met Howie my waterside home had a hammock, a table, a bed and a chest of drawers. I had a countertop cut to fit over file cabinets and a rolling chair as my office. That minimalistic environment is what I need to relax. So, as much as I love all of you and love the kindness you show me; please don't send me things that I have to dust. Anything you give the cats and the wonderful people who take care of them feels like a purr-sonal gift to me.
Scratch's Award for Volunteer Excellence, the SAVE Award
For outstanding volunteer service, the September 2016 SAVE Award went to Sharon Henry! Senior Keeper Sharon Henry has dedicated her time to the care of the cats for just over two and a half years. She is a previous winner of the SAVE award and has been nominated a second time for her friendly personality and hardcore work ethic.
A donation of $1000 has been made in your honor to the World Wildlife Fund towards the research needed to conserve the Iberian lynx.
The Iberian lynx is the world’s most endangered cat. In 2002 there were fewer than 100 left in the wild, and although there are now over 400, their numbers are still declining. The Mediterranean forest where the Iberian lynx reside are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in Europe. This already fragile habitat is under threat from illegal farms and wells, mining, river dredging and gas extraction that risk pollution of limited water resources.
High tech cameras spread across lynx habitat help conservationists better understand and protect the endangered cat. Since the beginning of the research project every Iberian lynx in the area has been studied and named. Scientists use radio collars to follow lynx that venture into new territories. The collars help prevent poaching and identify which roads are too dangerous for lynx to cross. As a result of this monitoring, a huge amount has been learned about Iberian lynx behavior.
Rabbits account for 90% of the lynx diet. The lynx is not the only predator that feeds on rabbits, which are the base of the food chain in this habitat. With more than 30 species relying on rabbits and an increase in diseases in the past decades, rabbit populations are declining which increases competition for food. As a result WWF has been calling for the implementation of measures to help rabbit populations recover.
After securing a core population WWF gave the lynx more room to breed creating new populations. In 2016, 37 captive-bred lynx were released into reintroduction areas. WWF is working to ensure the new populations thrive by encouraging authorities to not to let their guard down since poaching and road kills remain real threats. At present all populations are growing with 34 kittens born in the wild to date.
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- Jamie Veronica: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY6X3rUv8UlIUbrxNeu-Aw
- 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
- Janie M https://www.youtube.com/user/donutgirl100
- Jaime T: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY_oF0NhXc5OS8CcTaUi2A/videos
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
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