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Skip the Bobcat

Pen sketch of Skip the Bobcat.

Preliminary study among several others for a painting of Skip that I plan to auction on Facebook to support Big Cat Rescue. You can see Skip live at Big Cat Hospital on Ustream where he's recovering from his surgery. His hips were shattered when he was run over. One veterinarian didn't think he could be helped, the second volunteered a long and difficult surgery to repair his hips.

Now he's on live streaming feed with a large fandom of "Skipaholics" who watch him all day. His cat beds were donated by Skipaholics. You can make financial donations at http://www.bigcatrescue.org/ - the Big Cat Rescue website. They're located in Florida.

They don't just take care of bobcats. They have tigers, lions, cougars, cheetahs, lynxes, jaguars, leopards - a wide variety of big cats who used to be people's exotic pets or circus performers. Abandoned big cats have a hard time finding shelters. BCR fills a need for these endangered apex predators to survive in their old age or when they can no longer be rehabilitated into the wild.

Skip himself, if his recovery permits it, will be reintroduced into the wild. His human contact is limited so that he doesn't come to trust humans. He is a wild bobcat, even if he does have a sweet face and resemble a big lovable tabby. You can watch him eat his dinner at 4PM Central time.

My part in this is that I'm going to paint him, auction the painting, donate 100% of the proceeds to BCR along with the print rights to my charity painting so they can use it on t-shirts, products or literature of any kind. I hope they do, because then I'll be able to get a print or t-shirt of my painting after it's long gone to the lucky Skipaholic who wins it.

To me, he's the poster cat of a wonderful organization. Someday Skip will be gone and the people who met watching his feed will hang out together watching other cats. What he's doing today for BCR is much more than he knows. Have a look and if you have some spare cash, spare a thought for the cats at BCR. Think about how hard it would be to re-home a cougar if you are considering an exotic pet - what if they outlive you?

If you own an exotic cat, make sure that you do leave money for its care and consider entrusting your cat to BCR if you die along with a bequest. A small life insurance policy could mean your beloved cat can still live out its days in a good place with people who know how to handle big cats well.

If you're planning a Florida vacation or you live within driving range of Tampa, FL, consider visiting BCR. They have daily big cat tours that are fantastic!
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Feb. 1st, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Love big cats. Poor Skip, I'm glad someone was willing to help him. Thanks for the cam link.
Jul. 11th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
He's out in his big enclosure now, but Big Cat Rescue sometimes posts videos of his progress. He couldn't be rehabilitated but he is living as close to wild as he can in a huge enclosure - his hips are too narrow after the surgery for him to pass bones of live prey, so he has to have ground food.
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