Gilligan was purchased at an auction along with another Canada Lynx named Skipper, who is no longer with us.
Gilligan had the tiniest and dirtiest cage measuring 5′ x 7′. The mud on its floor was not mud, but feces covered with a sprinkling of straw. It appeared as though Gilligan had tried to keep much of his waste confined to one area on top of his plastic dog house.
Gilligan seemed absolutely blissful in his new enclosure. In his first days, he constantly sniffed all around soaking in the fresh air. He seemed to be amazed by the wildlife that abounds at the sanctuary from cardinals to lizards, and squirrels.