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....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Five-year-old boy mauled by tiger cub in South Africa

By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg
4:21PM BST 19 Jul 2011

A five year-old boy is recovering in hospital after he was mauled by an apparently tame tiger cub at a holiday resort in South Africa.

Finlay Holden was stroking the six-month old Bengali tiger's back when it turned around and grabbed his head between its paws.

The little boy was only saved after other holidaymakers and resort staff throttled the growling animal and hit it over the head repeatedly with a walkie-talkie.

His mother, Claire Holden, told how Finlay had screamed hysterically "Mum, make it stop! Make it stop!" as they fought to save him.

"The whole thing was just awful," she said. "There were all these people pulling at the tiger and it wouldn't let go. All I could do was wrap my arms around Finlay and try to keep him calm."

She said that she, her daughter Hannah, three, and Finlay had gone to look at Reno and Paris, the resort's two tigers, on Saturday morning. Also on the lawn with the resort's handlers was a boa constrictor.

"I told Finlay he must be careful and not make any sudden movements because all animals remain a bit wild," she said.

The website of the Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, which is situated in South Africa's northern Limpopo province, says that visits can touch and pose for photographs with the big cats.

"Even though they are cubs, you can come and witness their beauty, grace and can see the power of these incredible felines," it boasts.

In Finlay's case, the description was all too apt.

"The animal's mouth was wide open above his head," Mrs Holden said. "My child and I were covered in blood. My little daughter saw everything."

Finlay was left with deep cuts to his face, neck and throat and underwent surgery on Sunday. "He's doing remarkably well considering," Mrs Holden said. "We were lucky really – his jugular could easily have been torn or he could have been scalped."

She said the resort should now reconsider letting big cats play with children. "I don't blame the tiger and don't think it should be put down but they shouldn't be doing what they are doing and if they are going to continue, it needs to be with significantly smaller cubs."

Brenda Santon, Wildlife Manager for South Africa's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said it had repeatedly warned about the dangers of letting humans play with wild animals. "These poor animals belong in the wild and not in holiday resorts," she said.

Zebula Golf Estate and Spa has declined to comment.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Owner of Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester, Iowa attacked by tiger during feeding time

From correspondents in Manchester, Iowa From: AP July 18, 2011 9:04AM

The owner of a small US zoo has been taken to hospital with injuries from a tiger attack.

The Delaware County sheriff's office says 52-year-old Tom Sellner suffered lacerations to his head and torso during the Sunday morning attack (local time) at Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester, Iowa.

He was flown to an Iowa City hospital. His condition wasn't immediately available.

The sheriff's office says Mr Sellner was attacked while feeding an adult tiger.

The tiger was not put down after the attack.

The zoo's website says it has more than 300 birds and animals, including tigers, African lions and other exotic cats.

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


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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: THANK YOU!