Monday, August 22, 2011

Big Cat Rescue Watches Out for Hurricane Irene


Irene's forecast path shifted away from South Florida today and it appeared to aim instead at the Bahamas and South Carolina - as it continues to intensify tonight.
Irene is now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in a 7:50 p.m. update.
More details will follow in a special advisory, the hurricane center said.
The 5 p.m. advisory moved the forecast cone for Irene - which became the season's first hurricane this morning - even further east, and off nearly all of Florida. All, except coastal southeast Florida.
Irene was growing not just in punch but in breadth, with tropical storm force winds extending more than 180 miles.
That means that, even if it stays offshore, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast could come under tropical storm winds later this week, forecasters said.
And with the system still as far away today as is Arkansas, and South Florida still well inside its forecast cone, there was plenty of time for its track to shift back toward Florida - perhaps with little time to react.
"In the middle of the ocean, who cares?" National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said. "But if you've got something that's close to the coastline, a shift of even 100 miles to the left would have a dramatic impact."
If a tropical storm or hurricane watch were to be posted for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, that would happen some time on Tuesday, the National Weather Service's Pablo Santos said.
"South Florida is definitely not out of the woods on this yet," Santos, meteorologist-in-charge at the weather service's Miami office, said this morning. "Not until it gets past our latitude."
Just in case, on Monday, leaders of towns, agencies and hospitals were pulling out their "emergency plan" binders.
Irene had moved off Puerto Rico, where it downed trees, flooded streets and cut power to more than a million people. There were no reports of deaths or major injuries.
Irene's top sustained winds at 5 p.m. still were 80 mph. Forecasters had looked to the mountains of Hispaniola to tear up the storm's circulation, but it skirted to the north.
By the time it passes through the central and northern Bahamas on Thursday, top winds were predicted to be around 115 mph. That would make Irene a minimal Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
"All of the ingredients are conducive for Irene to intensify over the next few days," hurricane center specialist Lixion Avila wrote in a 5 p.m. forecast discussion.
Forecasters expressed concern for the impact on Nassau and surrounding islands.
And by Saturday morning, the hurricane center's "skinny line" - and forecasters warn it is only an average of odds - would bring Irene around the South Carolina-North Carolina line.
"Although it is still too early to be certain, the guidance trend continues to lessen the threat to South Florida but increases the threat to the Carolinas," the 5 p.m. forecast discussion said.
While more of Florida was sliding out of the forecast path, meteorologists stressed that storms can carry hidden dangers.
In October 1999, another Irene - a tropical storm - moved up the spine of the Florida peninsula but dropped as much as a foot and a half of rain over parts of coastal Palm Beach County.
And in 2008, Tropical Storm Fay, even as its downpours brought historic flooding to Port St. Lucie, spun off a tornado in Wellington that all but flattened a horse center.
Across Palm Beach County Monday, governments were starting to gear up.
They topped off emergency fuel supplies, checked generators, cleaned out storm drains, trimmed trees and policed streets for loose debris.
Several hospitals said they'd cancel elective surgery if the storm became a direct threat.
The 211 telephone referral system moved into hurricane informational mode and already was getting inquiries about special needs shelters.
Palm Beach County Assistant County Administrator Vince Bonvento, who leads emergency management efforts, met Monday afternoon with officials from local governments and fire-rescue departments.
"It's really premature to make any decisions," Bonvento said. "We will wait until Wednesday."
He said two meetings are scheduled for Tuesday - in the morning and the afternoon - for officials to discuss storm projections and preparedness efforts.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/storm/hurricane-irene-hits-100-mph-as-it-takes-1772281.html

Friday, July 22, 2011

SKIP the bobcat

Skip the bobcat was hit by a car on December 28th, 2010. After successful surgery to repair his shattered pelvis and 3 months of rehab at Big Cat Rescue he was unable to be released back into the wild...

Watch full episodes of the "Skipcam" camera trap videos here....

Episode 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErxBYXvT4-E

Episode 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vjkhbAF9vM



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Swimming Bobcat!

*Rare Footage! MAX the Bobcat our newest rescue investigates his two new pools and goes for a swim! 



Saturday, July 09, 2011

BIG CAT RAP!!

Listen to Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars and Ocelots BIG CAT RAP!! For FREE Big Cat Rescue ringtones visit: http://www.myxer.com/artist/513436/



Sunday, July 03, 2011

Feeding 100+ Tigers, Lions, Leopards...

What's the favorite time of day for BIG CATS? - - - - DINNER TIME! This is what the residents at Big Cat Rescue enjoy more than anything else, food, food, food! The cats definitely love to eat and we love to provide them with the best diet we possibly can, so if you would like to help us feed the cats please visit this site and donate what you can: http://www.razoo.com/story/Modglin THANK YOU!



Friday, June 24, 2011

Meet Canyon the SAND CAT!

IS THIS THE WORLD'S CUTEST CAT???

Canyon the Sand Cat is one of the smallest residents at Big Cat Rescue, he's often mistaken for a domestic cat or kitten by tour guests! Listen to our junior volunteers as they introduce viewers to the cutest cat at BCR!?

 



Sunday, June 19, 2011

BIG CAT SUMMER!

It's Summer time at Big Cat Rescue, check out all the cool enrichment we hand out to the tigers, lions, leopards and more!



Monday, June 13, 2011

Liger Physical

Freckles is an 18 year old liger we rescued in 2008. She was in bad shape when she came to Big Cat Rescue, listen to what we have done to make her more comfortable while living at the sanctuary...



Saturday, June 04, 2011

Vote Big Cat Rescue in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good

Big Cat Rescue has been selected as one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook page http://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood/

 

 



Sleepy Tigers....

TIGERS SNORE TOO!! Check out our Tigers, Lions, Leopards and more doing what cats do best.....SLEEP! Big Cat Rescue is thankful to all our donors and supporters than enable us to rescue these cats and provide them with sanctuary so they can sleep in peace for the rest of their lives.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Top 10 Tiger Facts

“If we can’t save the tiger from extinction, we can’t save anything!” was repeated in a myriad of ways over the past week in Washington, DC by conservation experts from around the world at The most important conservation initiative undertaken in the history of the world to conserve wild tigers.



Saturday, May 21, 2011

*BIG Cat Toys!

TIGER TOYS! Watch tigers, leopards & cougars playing with their oversized toys... THANK YOU to all our supporters and volunteers who enable us to provide these grr-eat enrichment items for the cats to play with!

Special thanks to: http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/for providing us with the music in this video.

For more info about BIG CAT RESCUE visit: http://www.bigcatrescue.org



Friday, May 13, 2011

BIG CATS need a BIG TRUCK!

Help Big Cat Rescue with their mission! Vote for Big Cat Rescue on June 3rd in the Toyota 100 Cars For Good program and we could win a new rescue vehicle!

Vote here on June 3rd: http://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood/

 



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Liger ROAR!

Freckles the LIGER at Big Cat Rescue, Freckles was rescued along with two tigers from Mississippi in December 2008, read the full story here: http://bigcatrescuer.blogspot.com/2009/01/big-cat-bailout.html

Big Cat Rescue strives to make sure all of our cats are as comfortable as possible while living at the sanctuary, however we have to inspect and clean the enclosures daily whether the cats like it or not and this video clip is a good example of why these cats do not belong in backyards!



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tiger Easter!

TIGERS & LIONS LIKE EASTER TREATS TOO! Watch Zabu the white tiger destroy her easter egg filled with catnip and leave the mess for Cameron the lion to investigate!



Sunday, April 03, 2011

Big Cat Scares! :)

Big cats can be very scary, but so can Big Cat Rescue volunteers!Sorry interns! If you would like to take part in our intern program please visit: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer-intern



Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom *Big Cats!!

Feeding over 100 tigers, lions and leopards each day requires lots of food, watch the cats enjoy their dinner in this fun video!



Sunday, March 27, 2011

LYNX gets a haircut!

Dances With Wolves  had been bottle raised and sold to someone who expected her to bond with him. His cats do commercials and ads and she was not inclined to do either. Living on Easy Street now, she can do what comes natural to her. Big Cat Rescue's resident Canadian Lynx gets rid of her bad hairdo!

 


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Backyard Tigers of America...

Did you know that it is 100% LEGAL to own tigers, lions and other exotic big cats as "pets" in the United States? There are literally thousand of big cats existing in horrible conditions in backyards across America...



Sunday, March 06, 2011

Q: Do TIGERS hate CINNAMON??

Do tigers hate cinnamon? We have 13 tigers at Big Cat Rescue so we decided to put cinnamon to the test and find out..... We also gave cinnamon to a few of our lions to see what they thought to the baking spice!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

CIRCUS

The CIRCUS is NO FUN for the animals...

Big Cat Rescue does something called Operant Conditioning to  teach our cats to do things we need them to do for medical reasons, such  as lean against the fence to get their shots or open their mouth so we  can look at their teeth.  We do this with rewards and the cats have fun  because they are smart and bored and love the attention.  We never  punish or withhold food to make them do something, and the cats only do  it when they want to -- not on our schedule.

But because tigers and lions in circus acts must perform specific  acts at precise times and "the show must go on," positive reinforcement  is not the only method used by circus trainers or night club magicians.   Often the cats are beaten, starved and confined for long periods of  time in order to get them to cooperate with what the trainers want.  And  life on the road means that most of a cat's life is spent in a circus wagon in the back of a semi-truck or in a crowded, stinking box car on a  train or barge.

The messages the public gets from circus acts couldn't be worse.   These acts either show man dominating one of nature's most magnificent  creatures, which would never happen on an even playing field, or worse  are promoted as illustrations of the "special bond" the trainer has with  his captive.  The latter just fuels the trade in big cats as pets and  that never ends well for the cat.

Monday, February 21, 2011

18 Servals, 1 Sanctuary...

Many of our servals are former "pets", wild cat species NEVER make suitable "pets" and are often abandoned once the owners realise this. Big Cat Rescue is a non-profit educational sanctuary home to over 100 unwanted, abandoned and abused exotic big cats.

 



Friday, February 11, 2011

♥ Big Cat Love ♥

The love is in the air at Big Cat Rescue. Lions, Tigers, Leopards and more are enjoying the company of loving feline companions and special Valentine's Day enrichment to play with! :)



Sunday, February 06, 2011

Bobcat Kittens + 2011 Rehab UPDATE

The Big Cat Rescue - Bobcat Rehabilitation Program. We currently have three individual bobcats that we are rehabilitating, Midnight the bobcat kitten that was orphaned by a hunter in Alabama and Bellona and Skip two Florida bobcats that were struck by cars.
Listen to BCR President Jamie Veronica update viewers on the progress of the bobcats and their expected dates of release back into the wild where they belong!



Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lion eats whole rabbit - WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

Watch Joseph the lion eat a whole rabbit in around 9 minutes (Time Lapse)
Whole prey is an important part the diet we feed our cats, as you can see they eat everything including the bones, stomach contents and fur. This provides great nutrition and a nice change of diet for the cats at their favorite time of day....DINNER TIME!



Monday, January 24, 2011

LION TACOS!! - - - $8.75 each!!

First there were LION BURGERS, know we have LION TACOS, this abuse as to stop!

An Arizona restaurant known for serving tacos made from exotic meats is taking advanced orders for a particularly rare delicacy - LION MEAT !!

Boca Tacos y Tequila, a Tucson Tex-Mex restaurant plans to put lion on its menu for one night only February 16th, provided enough diners express interest in chowing down on the big cat.

WAYS TO HELP STOP THIS...

Please send an email or call the FDA to let them know that regulations should be passed prohibiting "threatened" species from being served as food products.

FDA email: consumer@fda.gov

FDA phone: (949) 608-3530  Arizona Consumer Complaint Coordinator

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: http://animals.change.org/blog/view/lion_tacos_on_the_menu_in_arizona

 



Friday, January 21, 2011

2 Tigers vs RHINO !?

!! WATCH 2 TIGERS ATTACK A RHINO !?- Shere Khan our 750lb Siberian/bengal Tiger and China Doll have fun destroying our model Rhino.



Sunday, January 16, 2011

How to Flea Treat 100+ BIG CATS !!

Tigers, Lions, Leopards, all cat species can catch fleas, so at Big Cat Rescue we have to treat all of our 100+ residents with flea prevention just like your domestic cat at home every single month!



Thursday, January 06, 2011

Cougar Rescue

Meet Big Cat Rescue's newest residents, Freddy and Sassyfrass. They were rescued from Illinois in November 2010, listen to their story and watch the rescue!



Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Living in the Lion's Den for 30 Days James Jablon

Why is it so bad for James Jablon of Wildlife Rehab of Hernando Florida to be living in the lions' den with two white lion cubs?

How about 10 reasons, just for starters: