Thank you for covering the story of Nero the bobcat as it is just one example of why exotic cats should not be kept as pets. At Big Cat Rescue we care for more than 100 big cats and 42 of them are bobcats. After 15 years of being around these incredible creatures, I can assure you that they are far too intelligent to be happy in a cage, whether that cage be a 1200 sq foot enclosure full of grass, trees and shrubs and lots of enrichment as we provide, or that be a 1200 sq foot house (although once grown bobcats rarely are given free run of the pet owner's entire house.)
You summed it all up when you quoted the owner as saying he wanted to "take it to the next level." It is never about what is good for the animal, just what boosts the ego of the owner and in the end it is the cat who always pays.
NC ignorantly allows the private possession of lions and tigers, but not native wild life and we are working to change that to protect all wild cats from being trafficked in the pet trade. The reason native animals are protected is to keep people from raiding nests, killing mother's and taking her offspring to make pets of them. Bobcats are critical to the environment as they keep the rat population under control, protecting farms and people from the plethora of disease spread by rodents.
Our web site is more than 5,500 pages of information on exotic cats, including the only up to date resource of killings, maulings and escapes and the laws that are pending to end the abusive situations that lead to so many big cats being discarded.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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