Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 24

Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 24

Jamie lets Bella tiger into check out her sand track
Jamie lets Bella tiger into check out her sand track
Bella tiger lays down tracks for WildTrack.org program
Bella tiger lays down tracks for WildTrack.org program
Track photos are put into a computerized system to compare
Track photos are put into a computerized system to compare
Jamie tamps down the sand while Bella tiger waits anxiously to see
Jamie tamps down the sand while Bella tiger waits anxiously to see
WildTrack has developed a non-invasive Footprint Identification Technique (FIT) which can identify endangered animals at the species, individual, age-class and sex levels.
WildTrack has developed a non-invasive Footprint Identification Technique (FIT) which can identify endangered animals at the species, individual, age-class and sex levels.
Bella tiger shows us some running tracks, walking tracks, laying down...
Bella tiger shows us some running tracks, walking tracks, laying down...
Bella tiger steps out so Jamie can measure and photograph
Bella tiger steps out so Jamie can measure and photograph
The left rear print is the one that will be documented for WildTrack
The left rear print is the one that will be documented for WildTrack
Bella tiger gets a pumpkin for all of her tracking work today
Bella tiger gets a pumpkin for all of her tracking work today
Jamie said it took an hour to carve this pumpkin
Jamie said it took an hour to carve this pumpkin
Interns, Staff and Volunteers lift sedated Simba tiger onto scale
Interns, Staff and Volunteers lift sedated Simba tiger onto scale
Simba tigress being rolled onto backboard for "easy" lifting
Simba tigress being rolled onto backboard for "easy" lifting
Vet checks her teeth.  She had been defanged by the Siberian Tiger Foundation's Diana McCourt
Vet checks her teeth. She had been defanged by the Siberian Tiger Foundation's Diana McCourt
Dr. Wynn drew blood for testing.  Physical exam showed nothing wrong.
Dr. Wynn drew blood for testing. Physical exam showed nothing wrong.
Operations Manager Gale takes Simba temp while Jamie and Dr. Wynn check Simba tiger's vitals.
Operations Manager Gale takes Simba temp while Jamie and Dr. Wynn check Simba tiger's vitals.

Pumpkin Fun for Big Cats

Ohio Legislator Quickly Introduces Exotic Animals Bill

Dear Friend,

In the wake of the exotic animals tragedy near Zanesville, OH, there is a ray of hope: Ohio state Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Athens) has introduced House Bill 352 to finally prohibit individuals from possessing dangerous exotic animals and to place stringent restrictions on current “owners.” Please take a moment to thank Rep. Phillips for her commendable leadership on this critically important issue.

House Bill 352 bans all future ownership of dangerous exotic animals, defined as, but not limited to, big cats, nonhuman primates, alligators, crocodiles and constricting and/or venomous snakes. Importantly, the bill also gives the state the authority to expand this list. In order to safeguard communities from individuals who currently possess exotics, HB 352 requires these residents to register their exotics with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Specifically to prevent another Terry Thompson from possessing exotics, persons previously convicted of animal abuse or who have had their licensure previously revoked or suspended by local, state or federal authorities will no longer be able to possess exotics.

Born Free USA looks forward to working in coalition with Rep. Phillips to pass HB 352 and ensure it passes in its strongest form possible. We hope to be able to celebrate its passage with you very soon.

It’s too late to help those unfortunate animals near Zanesville, but passing HB 352 would be a huge step toward better days for this country.

Please join us today in commending Rep. Phillips for her efforts.

For the animals,

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P.S. At the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas, we care for more than 500 macaques, vervets and baboons, many of whom were rescued from exotic “pet” situations. Please consider helping us care for these monkeys by contributing to our Rescue & Rehabilitation Fund.

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