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River Otters Thriving in Indiana

The river otter, a species extinct from Indiana by 1942, now lives in 80 percent of the state’s counties and has a thriving population.












Animal experts credit a 1990s reintroduction program with the otters’ comeback.  Over a five-year period beginning in 1995,  303 otters were transported from Louisiana and released at 12 sites in northern and southern Indiana. The reintroduction was so successful, he said, that by 2005, otters were removed from the state’s endangered species list.

Work to improve water quality in the state has benefited the river otter, whose diet consists primarily of fish.  Though the otters’ diet also includes mussels, crayfish, reptiles and amphibians.

“As the otter population grows,” said Shawn Rossler, a Division of Fish & Wildlife biologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, said, “wildlife managers must find balance to keep populations healthy while preventing conflicts with landowners. Finding balance isn’t always easy, but it’s needed to ensure the continued success and acceptance of river otters in Indiana.”




Happy Ottersday ^_^


Turkey Time for Big Cats

Since most cats love the taste of freshly cooked turkey, its purrfectly fine to gift your kitty with a Thanksgiving treat of a small piece of boneless roast turkey.   However the big cats at Big Cat Rescue are quite another story. Although they go bonkers over turkey just like little cats, they devour their Thanksgiving Day bounty fresh and raw.


















Every year, the 100+ big cats who live at Big Cat Rescue, in Tampa, Florida, (the largest accredited sanctuary in the country dedicated entirely to the welfare of abandoned and abused big cats), get to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in a very big cat style.  On Thanksgiving, staff and specially trained volunteers make their rounds on the 55-acre sanctuary armed with plucked raw turkeys, chickens and Cornish game hens and veggies. For their nutritious Thanksgiving dinner, lucky “kitty” residents get to eat a bird with gusto—bones and all. (Feeding cooked bones to any animals is dangerous as the then fragile bones can splinter and lodge in their throat or digestive tract.)

The cost of feeding this big cat crew doesn’t come cheap, so every year, folks who appreciate and love what Big Cat Rescue do for these amazing cats in their care, help keep this annual tradition going strong by donating turkeys, chickens or game hens, so Big Cat Rescue can make their festive Thanksgiving celebration a huge success.



Big Cat Rescue isn’t the only feline center that gives turkey treats to their big cats for Thanksgiving, below is a picture of a Woodland Park Zoo big cat getting his turkey treat… Om nom nom!


Happy Caturday! ^o_o^