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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^

Kelp Grizzlies

I found a brand-new documentary on the Sea Otter, or Kelp Grizzlies: an adorable nickname they’re given in the video title.  This mini-documentary is full of great information about the animal, while showing off cute footage of the otters in action.  Enjoy!



Happy Ottersday  ^_^

Bolivia Protects it’s Dolphins









Bolivian President Evo Morales has enacted a new law aimed at protecting the unique Bolivian pink river dolphins, known locally as bufeos, that live in the country’s Amazon rivers.
















The new legislation bans fishing freshwater pink dolphins and declares the species a national treasure.

At a ceremony along the shores of the Ibare river, President Morales called on the armed forces to protect the habitats of the pink dolphins.

Chimera Cat

Meet Venus, currently the most famous cat in the world.

The 3-year-old tortoiseshell has her own Facebook page, a youtube video that has been viewed over a million times, and appeared on the Today Show last week.  One look at this cat and it’s easy to see why: one half of her is solid black with a green eye, and the other half is orange tabby-striped with a blue eye.

A professor at the University of California in Davis, Leslie Lyons, who studies the genetics of domestic cats, has stated that she’s, “Never seen a cat exactly like Venus.  She is extremely, extremely rare, but you can explain and understand it.”


Many articles about Venus refer to her as a “chimera.” A feline chimera is a cat whose cells contain two types of DNA, caused when two embryos fuse together.  Among cats, “chimeras are really not all that rare,” Lyons said. In fact, most male tortoiseshell cats are chimeras. The distinctively mottled orange and black coat is a sign that the male cat has an extra X chromosome.  This is because, in domestic cats, fur color is linked with the sex chromosomes (X and Y for male, and X and X for female.)  So female cats, already having two X chromosomes, can have the tortoiseshell coat without the extra X chromosome. That means Venus is not necessarily a chimera.


“To find out would require genetic testing”, said Lyons. “With samples of skin from each side of the cat,”we can do a DNA fingerprint, and the DNA from one side of the body should be different than the other, “  if Venus is a true Chimera Cat, that is.

If Venus isn’t actually a chimera, then what would explain her amazing face?


“Absolute luck,” Lyons said. One theory is that perhaps the black coloration was randomly activated in all the cells on one side of her face, while the orange coloration was activated on the other, and the two patches met at the midline of her body as she developed.

Cat fanciers who are transfixed by Venus’s split face may be missing the real story: her single blue eye. Cat eyes are typically green or yellow, not blue.   A blue-eyed cat is typically a Siamese or else a cat with “a lot of white on them,” she explained.  Venus appears to have only a white patch on her chest, which to Lyons is not enough to explain the blue eye.


“She is a bit of a mystery,”  and one fascinating house cat.



Happy Caturday, everybody :-)

The Elephant Whisperer








The “elephant whisperer” Anthony Lawrence passed away earlier this year.  Over the following days, after approximately 12 hours of travel, two herds of wild South African elephants in a “funerary procession” gathered at his house; paid their respects for two days and left.

Anthony Lawrence was a international conservationist, environmentalist, explorer and bestselling author; he was known for his work in trying to save the elephants and all wildlife on the veldts of Africa, as well as having his own animal reserve, Thula Thula, in the heart of the Zululand, part of the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa.


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