Big Cat Updates
Summary: When you are searching for a bobcat rehabber do you know what questions to ask? Whose Paws, Keeper photos, & more.
1 domestic kitten was adopted at the Wildcat Walkabout on Saturday.
Keeper Lynda’s Coordinator Report for Sunday, 11/5/2017
The day after the walkabout and volunteers were light, but we have such great people who stayed longer than they planned to help get everything done on the keeper side as well as in the gift shop.
Two work groups came in and Mai and Fred supervised them as they cleaned out Des Serval’s open air section AND also raked up around the outside of his cage and throughout the center section.
Will Bobcat ate well today and took his meds & fluids like a champ. We had the door open a bit today so he could get some fresh air as well.
Tomorrow is ivermectin, so food prep was half diet weights.
Romina and Fred got their enrichment and operant signoffs, which they will need each day to finish before they end their level 1.
Sun set early – just before six and boy it got really dark by 6:30. Outside chores need to be done first. Make sure interns have flashlights for going home at night.
I’m on vacation this week so take care of all the babies for me!
Photo by Keeper MaryLou Geis
With the holiday shopping season fast approaching we wanted to remind everyone that when you for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3330495 and Amazon donates to Big Cat Rescue.
Gilligan!! Canadian Lynx have really big paws. Their large, wide-spreading feet are covered in fur, which act like snowshoes, and are effective in supporting the cat’s weight on the snow.
Photo by Keeper Tory Wright
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Sioux & Lakota being affectionate (Afton)
Evening snacks and Meds with Carole and Keeper Momma Becky
Cooper will be set free in the wild in the very near future.
Catch up on Cooper’s story at http://bigcatrescue.org/cooper/
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 do you know what questions to ask?
- Do they have experience with bobcats?
- How big are their rehab enclosures? (Ours start at 1200 square feet and some are double that)
- Do they feed a live diet of prey to insure that the cats will be able to hunt for themselves?
- 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?
- 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.
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: http://bigcatrescue.org/relocating-bobcats-and-cougars/
Get the flier to share with your neighbors about Living With Bobcats http://bigcatrescue.org/000news/pdf/2009/BCR_FLBobcat_Brochure_Web.pdf
Find out at: http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/
Artemis is shy and can be elusive but she will pretty much always come out for Keeper Momma Becky’s treats. Photo by Becky DS
Keeper Sharon Henry got a cute snapshot of Babycakes, a very elderly African Genet.
How a Tiger Prepares a Turkey (with Keisha & Zeus) Published on Nov 20, 2014
Zeus and Keisha tiger were celebrating their first Thanksgiving with Big Cat Rescue by illustrating how one prepares the perfect holiday bird in two VERY different ways.
A special thanks to all those who donated to our Turkey fund and have helped provide a special holiday treat to all our cats! If you would like to buy a Turkey for a Tiger this year, you can do that at http://bigcatrescue.org/donate
Zeus gets right down to business, but Keisha has to play first.