Big Cat Health Updates
Everyone is still about the same other than Artemis Cougar who came in for an exam yesterday. She's 11 and had not been sedated since she was a kitten. She's been fussy about eating bones, so we did X-rays, blood work and removed four of the incisors that had exposed pulp. Because she's lived here her whole life and in a cage that is as long as a football field, with lots of places to hide, we were afraid she would break her teeth off on the bars of the hospital cage, so Green Level Keepers sat with her, outside, through the night until she was awake enough to let into a section of her new home. That way she could see and hear her brothers, but not be pestered by them until she gets her wits about her today. Video to come soon!
To the Management:
I have the following issues that need to be addressed:
1. Every time Cameron and Zabu go on vacation, Cameron insists on staring at me because he’s afraid I’m making eyes at Zabu. First of all, I don’t like blondes. Secondly, Zabu seems to prefer bald men to those of us who have long, luxurious hair. Cam obviously has a jealousy problem, and needs to see a professional to deal with his issues and get on some meds. Either that, or I want curtains hung when they are on vacation.
2. The lady who drives around with the camera told everyone I frighten her. Well, of course I do; that's my job. I’m the King of Beasts and I’m meant to frighten everybody. I warn you, if this kind of talk continues you will be contacted by my purr-torneys, Catz Kats and Morekatz, who will file a suit for slander.
3. There is a shaming photo posted on my webpage (http://bigcatrescue.org/joseph/). Was it really necessary to post that photo and announce my bathroom habits to the world?
The Vet, Dr. Justin Boorstein: Now, seriously, does he really think I don’t know it’s him crawling towards me wearing a Ghillie suit? Who does he think he is, Leroy Jethroe Gibbs? It was so funny the first time he did it; I saw him coming and had to turn away from him so he didn’t see me laughing.
Paparazzi: Photos, videos, 24-hour cameras, and now drones? Just how many times and ways do I need to be photographed and filmed? Even my medical procedures are broadcast live! Is there no privacy anymore? I think I should be compensated for all these photo op sessions; bring on the vanilla ice cream.
I trust that these issues will be addressed quickly and to my satisfaction.
PS - I think that stinky tiger, Amanda, has a crush on Cam.
(sent via Lori D., secretary to the Big Cats)
Ever Wonder about Big Cat Derek?
One of our supporters asked us to check into this reckless behavior and here's what we found. http://911animalabuse.com/big-cat-derek/
Zabu the White Tiger with her Ball in the Pond
Video by Susann Mesna from the live webcam at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-vacation-rotation
Lion Ark to Air During CITES in Johannesburg, SA
The award-winning film Lion Ark - the story of the dramatic rescue and relocation of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia - makes its South African premiere in Cape Town on Thursday 29th September at The Labia Theatre, Cape Town and in Johannesburg on Saturday 1st October at Ster-Kinekor Nouveau Theatre in Rosebank. Cinemagoers can see the critically-acclaimed documentary and Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips and Producer Jan Creamer, the rescue team leaders, will hold a Q&A session.
Winning multiple awards on the international film festival circuit, critics have said Lion Ark is "the feel-good movie of the year!" (Reel Talk); "One of your must -see films" (The Independent Critic); "A consciousness-raising milestone of a documentary" (The Ecologist); "Lion Ark proceeds with refreshing unpredictability"(The New York Times); ".this film should be a target for this year's Oscars. Excellent" (ACED Magazine).
WHEN: Thursday 29th September, 6:00pm
WHERE: The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street Gardens, 8001, Cape Town
TICKETS: Book online https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1464899974 or call 021 424 5927
WHEN: Saturday 1st October, 5:00pm
WHERE: Ster-Kinekor Nouveau Theatre, Rosebank 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Gauteng
TICKETS: Book online http://www.sterkinekor.com/#/info/8761/LION%20ARK%20/
Join the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/193002477788860/
Director Tim Phillips said: "It's great to bring the Lion Ark movie to South Africa and bring audiences up to date with our latest Spirit of Freedom rescue - just this year we brought 33 ex-circus lions from Peru and Colombia, back to their homeland. Lion Ark follows the Bolivia rescue and will leave you cheering for the lions as the rescuers defy the odds to get them to freedom."
Lion Ark tells the story of the most ambitious and daring animal rescue of its kind. Animal Defenders International (ADI) secures a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia following a two-year undercover investigation across South America. Now the law must be enforced. Across vast, hostile terrains the illegal circuses are tracked down, the animals saved, brought to safety and reach a joyous finale as 25 lions are airlifted to freedom in the US. More action adventure style than traditional documentary, Lion Ark takes you right in the thick of the action, up close and personal with the animals, taking you into their world. Through real-life action, interviews, conversations and reactions as events unfold, you can experience the fear and joy of the rescuers as they journey through their incredible mission.
During the Q&A, the filmmakers will talk about new rescue Spirit of Freedom, where over 100 wild animals have been saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia. The operation culminated in an even larger airlift of captive lions - 33 were returned to their native Africa, and ADI is funding their habitats and care. A preview trailer for the new production will be screened.
Lion Ark is due for release on DVD this year - advance copies available in South Africa.
If you’re attending CITES CoP17, please join for an evening event to discuss tiger trade and tiger farming, on Sun 25th September, 17.30 – 19.30, Com. Room 3 at the Sandton Convention Centre. More details below and attached. Please feel free to circulate to colleagues who may be attending.
Also, Big Cat Rescue, Born Free and EIA are hosting an information booth on tigers and Asian big cats that you are all welcome to use as a space to put out your Asian big cat-related documents and giveaways, and to use as a hangout space to talk to delegates about Asian big cats. Booth opens on 23rd Sep and runs through to the end of the conference.
Look forward to seeing you here!
Save Wild Tigers
Starting on page 18 of the NYC Society magazine features Save Wild Tigers & an exhibition. https://issuu.com/society/docs/wanderlust
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