Big Cat Updates
On today's update: Big cat challenge, Will Joseph lion go home, Zucari goes home from FunCation, Apache bobcat has been taken to the hospital, Dr. Justin & Jamie are in Brazil researching Jaguars, Burned out pump, photos, and more.
Joseph is being pokey about going home from Vacation. We are now on "Joseph Time" but when he decides to go home then Amanda, Andre, and Arthur will get their turn on Vacation. Keepers have put an extra safety wire up so that as Joseph passes through Zeus' cage to go home he cannot get to Zeus. This is the nice thing about the cats having multiple sections to their cages, when we need to close them out of one section they still have plenty of room to roam, a den, platform, and pool. When Joseph does decide to go home, he has a pumpkin waiting for him there and keepers will be right along to bring him some more food.
Zucari went home from FunCation, where a pumpkin was waiting for him.
Armani goes on FunCation next.
Jamie Veronica and Dr. Justin are away studying Jaguars in Brazil - see more below.
22 year old Apache Bobcat was acting 'off' this morning so keepers did a thorough check of his set of cages and found he had puked in his den so Dr. Wynn was notified. Carole, keepers and interns caught him and brought him into the cat hospital. Dr. Wynn is going to come out to see him. Carole talks about that more in the live video below. We are pretty worried about this old boy. He is really old and has been dealing with age related health issues for a while but he was still enjoying quality of life. We are pretty worried. As already stated, Dr. Wynn is coming to see him and we are hoping hoping hoping this precious old boy pulls through. We just cannot handle more sadness.
Zucari says that re-marking his entire yard after keepers cleaned it up is a lot of work. Those keepers sure fixed up his cages while he was away on FunCation. It will take him days to get everything marked again, just the way he likes it.
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Will Joseph Go Home? Every other Thursday we move cats around. Cats go home from vacation and other cats go on vacation. Most of them are happy to go either direction. But Joseph.... Well Joseph is an absolute slow poke about going to or from vacation. Sometimes it takes him a couple days to go. He does things in his on sweet time. So, let's see what his mood is today. Will Joseph go home or not? His pumpkin is waiting for him at home. Carole also talks about Apache Bobcat, who has been taken to the cat hospital. Carole also talks about how we burned out a pump for the Vacation pond fountain.
Zucari going home from FunCation - His home cages have been deep cleaned, landscaped, etc so he will have lots of marking to do. You will also see some glimpses of PurrFection ocelot running around.
Getting Zucari ready to go home from FunCation - We entice them into their lockout and then take in a moving crate. The keepers have to go through two doors to do that. We make sure there are always two door between the cats and outside. Here at Big Cat Rescue all cages have a double entrance for safety. There is always a lock on the door and only three people carry keys to the locks. Learn more about our extremely strict safety protocols at ZooCollege.com
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Priya the tiger got her very first pumpkin. Watch how much fun she had playing with it and destroying it!! BigCatTV.com
Keeper Afton: I spent 5 minutes circling an enclosure to give Des serval meds. I couldn’t find him, and he took the joy of watching me look for him the whole time. Do you see him? Little stinker!!
Keeper Afton: Babycakes got a pumpkin and some extra bedding to get in for the cooler weather.
Since we have not gotten to see Gale's funny socks lately, thought you'd enjoy this funny post of Afton's from yesterday: Today is our first cool morning, so I had to sport my new Zabu socks!! Thank you again for everyone being so supportive! These were a gift to Afton. Afton says, "... see Gale is not the only one who can wear cool socks!"
Check out the all cool BCR Socks at: https://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/search?page=1&q=socks
Afton also says, " Although, the cookies were almost too cute to eat, she ate them and loved them!!" If you have not yet liked Afton's page here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/AftonTaslerBCR/
Lizard, Lizard, when will you learn? You cannot hide from Ginger Serval. (Photo by Keeper MaryLou)
Past Pumpkin Photos
UH OH!! The Great Pumpkin has invaded Sundari’s yard! #NationalPumpkinDay
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This week Jamie and Dr. Justin are in Brazil studying wild jaguars. Jamie has been posting really cool photos to her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pg/bigcatrescuepresident/ Please go like her page and check out all the photos.
Past Halloween Videos
Tigers Destroy Pumpkin - Published on Oct 31, 2014 - Arthur and Andre, the Texas Tiger brothers, give out their 8 patented methods to pumpkin destruction. Happy Halloween from all of us here at Big Cat Rescue!
Do Pumpkins Feel Pain? - Published on Oct 27, 2012 - Halloween Pumpkin Massacre at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa FL. Watch our tigers, lions, leopards and other big cats play with and destroy their annual Halloween treat! Every year we hand out over 100 pumpkins and gourds to the cats at the sanctuary and they just love to play with them and of course "kill" them, it's great enrichment for the cats and the volunteers!
COUGARS vs PUMPKINS! - Big Cat TV - Published on Oct 31, 2006 - It isn't easy being a pumpkin in the cougar section of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fl. Sadly a lot of our cougars are former pets as big cats DO NOT make good pets. We do what we can to make sure that every day is their "greatest day."