May 25 2017

Big Cat Updates

Andi Bobcat: She is healing great and really seems content in the hospital but should be released by tomorrow.

Coordinator Report for 5/24/17 Wednesday

Finished Pharaoh’s front section raked, dirt and grass seed.

Cooler floor scrubbed.

Little Dove and Banshee have full access.

Zimba is locked away from the section near Ginger to start cleaning tomorrow weather permitting.

The Tunnel is set up for Sabre to go home Thursday, water bowls have been placed.

Picky cats did ok, rained a lot in the afternoon. Cats were locked in roof sections for the possible bad weather.


Facebook Live Video Replays

Seth in the Lake. Watch more at http://explore.org/tigerlake

Note from Carole:  There are a lot of times that I try to do a Facebook LIVE Wildcat Walkabout but get interrupted. Those clips are too short to post as a video to YouTube, so I save them and compile them into something an hour long so you don’t have to keep starting a new video every five minutes. These all occurred in May 2017 and include:

  • Shots I filmed that weren‚Äôt live shots, like leopard going crazy
  • Several feeding and meds sessions with lions, tigers, leopards and cougars
  • A new design in bucket lugging
  • Sioux and Lakota Bobcats
  • Joseph Lion roaring and Cameron Lion gets growly
  • Grand opening of the new Tiger Lake area to Seth Tiger
  • Sending the Texas Tigers on ‚Äúvacation‚ÄĚ
  • Interns taking down a tree with their bare hands
  • Happy dance in the rain after a 2 year drought

Watch more long form video like this at YouTube.com/DailyBigCat or on Roku look for the Big Cat Rescue channel in the free channels section.


 Projects

The new Bobcat Rehab Center got new platforms.

The Bobcat Rehab Center got new platforms. The Bobcat Rehab Center got new platforms. The Bobcat Rehab Center got new platforms.

While we do bobcat rescue, rehab and release in Florida, we will not relocate bobcats as state law requires that they be released very near where they were captured. They must be released on at least 40 acres and we must get written permission from the owner / manager of the property.

Big Cat Rescue has decades of experience rehabbing and releasing bobcats back to the wild where they belong. We provide huge, naturalistic enclosures where these cats can learn or perfect their hunting skills before being released back to the wild. We have trained staff who are experts at capturing an injured bobcat or hand rearing orphaned bobcats until a surrogate can be found.

We go to great lengths to keep these wild cats from imprinting on humans and monitor their care via surveillance cameras to make sure they are thriving. When they are healed, or old enough for release (about 18 months of age) we find the best habitat possible for sustaining them and set them free to live out the life that nature intended.

Learn

Read more about our wild bobcat rehab and release program as well as see videos of our rehab bobcats, their recovery and releases at:  https://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/

Donate to make this bobcat rehab work possible.


BigCatTV.com

Tigers On Vacation 360: Take a look around our 2 1/2 acre vacation rotation enclosure with our Texas tigers. This video is in 360 so you can follow along with the tigers.


People Often Ask

People Often Ask:  I saw a wild bobcat will you come get it?

No one is allowed to trap and relocate bobcats so anyone who tells you that they will do that is probably trapping them to use as bait for training dogs.

Read more about why relocating wildcats doesn’t work: https://bigcatrescue.org/relocating-bobcats-and-cougars/

Get the flier to share with your neighbors about Living With Bobcats https://bigcatrescue.org/000news/pdf/2009/BCR_FLBobcat_Brochure_Web.pdf

If you have a bobcat emergency in a state other than Florida, we can help you find a rehabber or will be a resource to wildlife rehabilitators who need help with bobcats, lynx or cougars. When you are searching for a bobcat rehabber ask the following questions:

  1. Do they have experience with bobcats?
  2. How big are their rehab enclosures? (Ours start at 1200 square feet and some are double that)
  3. Do they feed a live diet of prey to insure that the cats will be able to hunt for themselves?
  4. Do they keep people, including themselves to the extent possible, away from the bobcat so that they do not imprint on people and end up approaching humans after release?
  5. Do they have a vet on staff or on call 24/7 for emergencies?

Rehabbing and releasing bobcats is much more difficult that the rehabilitation of most wildlife. These magnificent little wildcats need every opportunity to fulfill their role in nature and Big Cat Rescue is here to give them that second chance.

Learn more at https://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/


 Foster Kitten Program

To date we have fostered over 475 domestic cats and their kittens.  You can watch the kittens on a live streaming webcam every day at:  http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana. If you would like an easier to remember URL you can find all of our webcams listed at BigCatCams.com. Simply click on the cam you want to watch.  If you want to help us with expenses such as kitten milk, kitten food, litter, laundry soap etc you can do that at BigCatRescue.org/donate

 

Photos by Senior Keeper, Alyssa Weber


Big Cat Models

We Sincerely Appreciate each and every one of our Big Cat Models!!  YOU are helping the cats in a very special way, both with your purr-chase and will your product reviews.  Besides, it is just plain FUN to get to interact with all of you this way!!

Big Cat Model Elizabeth Detrick: “Yesterday I received my breathable shoes, they are fantastic. They came much quicker than I expected (2 1/2 wks). They are so lightweight yet feel like they will hold up nicely. They are incredibly comfortable. I have very narrow feet and usually have to buy shoes that tie or strap. These shoes come up further on the foot and I have no trouble with them staying on. ¬†Because I wear a lot of black dress pants for my profession I love the mini-panther design so I can wear my cats to work! I will definitely be ordering another pair. ¬†I highly recommend these to anyone.” ¬†Have a great day!

PLEASE, EVERYONE, keep the Big Cat Model pix and notes coming.  Email your photos and reviews to lawanna.mitchell@bigcatrescue.org


Keeper Corner

Is That a Sardine cicle I see? Yum!  ~Keeper MaryLou

Mickey LOVES his afternoon Sardine ‘Sicle

THANK YOU, Everyone, who sent cans of sardines and tuna from Amazon.  We go through a LOT of that kind of thing so your gifts of love for the cats really DO HELP and are GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

 

BCR Finally Got Some RAIN!!!!!!!

Keeper Afton:  Nabisco decided to take shelter in the rain.

 

Keeper Brittany Mira:  Rain or shine it is still kitty time!

Rain or shine it's still kitty time!


Big Cat Challenge

Have YOU Made the Call of the Wild this week?

Today’s Big Cat Challenge is to read this section and its links, then got to BigCatAct.com and make the Call of the Wild!

Educational Director Jennifer Leon:  A good example of how the USDA rules put in place to regulate these exhibitors are weak and often flouted.

Below are excerpts from the article:  USDA issues scathing report on Wildlife in Need and Tim Stark

Department alleges over 140 violations from 2013 to 2015. In addition, as recent as March 2017, a USDA inspection report alleged they were operating on a suspended license, denied access to inspectors and tried to intimidate inspectors with a fire arm.

Wildlife in Need, a southern Indiana roadside zoo, has been under intense scrutiny this past week after a video was released of the owner, Tim Stark, roughly handling a bear cub. This isn’t the first time the facility has been under fire for the way it treats its animals. A scathing complaint filed last year by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) documents a history of repeated, willful violations from 2013 to 2015. There are too many to list here, so we will link to the filing. Notably, Stark was also convicted in 2008 for violating the Endangered Species Act.

Forward to this March, 2017. A USDA inspection report from March 31, 2017 includes a slew of new allegations. Here is a summary of what the inspection report alleges:

  • Stark‚Äôs license was suspended by the USDA on March 24, 2017.
  • Stark continued to operate with a suspended license, as was documented by eye witnesses and posts shared on social media.
  • On March 29, USDA inspectors were denied access to the property.
  • The inspectors allege Stark tried to intimidate them by coming to the front gate with a visible fire arm.

Operating on a suspended license and denying access to inspectors are both considered critical violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Over the years, Stark has been warned repeatedly by inspectors that he cannot allow the public to have physical access to young cubs as they pose a threat to people attending, especially children and babies. Stark has ignored these and other warnings, including operating with a suspended license on multiple occasions.

Read the rest of this article and more at: http://inanimalrights.com/wildlife-in-need-usda/

Read the 911AnimalAbuse.com page about this guy:  http://911animalabuse.com/tim-stark/

NOTE to Viewers:  Guys like this will continue to operate, abuse, and exploit until more of YOU decide enough is enough and step up, and continue stepping up, to make the Call of the Wild and to educate your friends and family and encourage them to make the Call of the Wild as well.  We cannot sit back and assume others will do it.

For things like this to be stopped each and every one of us must step up and participate in being a voice for the cubs!

Won’t YOU PLEASE make Call of the Wild at BigCatAct.com? ¬†If each of us make ¬†that call EVERY WEEK a new law called Big Cat and Public Safety Act will become a reality!


BCR Website Updates


Viewer Pix

Viewer Matthew Barberio made a new graduation collage.

 

Put on your giggle britches and hold off on that next sip of coffee or you will either spit it out through your nose or choke on it!!!  This is a photo and conversation from http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-vacation-rotation.  I just about choked on my coffee over this one.  That group of viewers are just the most fun!!!  If you have not been over there you are really missing out.

Viewer Rae0818: ¬†Well that’s a strange looking tiger.

Viewer Robin-crackerob:  That is the remarkable Felis Joshus

Viewer Rae0818:  I wonder if we can pet this one. LOL

This was then followed by other viewers LOL type comments.

Viewer JaviRuv:  Now BCR rescues humans too???

Viewer Lovesbobcats: ¬†LOL! As long as they have weed-eaters with them! ūüôā

We LOVE this group!!!!!

Note to Newcomers:  Want to join the fun?  Go to BigCatCams.com and the first several cams in the list are the high quality Explore.org/bigcatrescue cams.  When you get to one of those cams you can watch the cams, click the camera icon to grab snapshots of the cats or record video clips of the cats.  If you scroll down the page you will find the chat/comment section.  Feel welcome to ask questions, make comments or to join the conversations.  It is the most fun group of people you will ever meet.


Cole & Marmalade’s Corner

Is YOUR cat a scientist? ūüôā
7 Signs That Cats are Scientists


 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

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


¬†¬†WANTED ‚Äď Graphic Artists

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 cat@bigcatrescue.org


 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page https://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‚Äôs Facebook Live questions

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