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Old May 7, 2013, 3:17 PM   #1
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Taken on a recent visit to the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL

If you like these pictures and like big cats please support them in their mission to give these cats a place to live out their days.

Please note I did post some of these in the Olympus MFT forum, these versions have been denoised a little more and represent my favorites from the set;


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even big cats like to nap by ramcewan, on Flickr


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Old May 7, 2013, 3:21 PM   #2
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a three legged serval


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this sand cat hails from Iraq and was my daughter's favorite


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I'll be back later with the BIG cats.
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Old May 7, 2013, 6:08 PM   #3
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So big cats here we are;

the king himself


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And here is his pen mate, the queen. We learned that the white tiger like this beauty is just a recessive mutation of a normal Bengal tiger. Because they are unusual and can be billed as "rare" they have been in bred much to the detriment of the animal, this lady for instance has a cleft pallet and other genetic issues resultant from this inbreeding to produce a white tiger. Just something to think about if you consider going to a circus that has a white tiger realize they are supporting this practice.


P4220461 by ramcewan, on Flickr

on a lighter note here is the lion having his tail bitten by the white tiger


P4220432 by ramcewan, on Flickr

A treat we were able to view this black panther basking in the sun. Again the term black panther is a misnomer as this is actually a black leopard as evidenced by the spots visible in the bright sunshine. These hail from Southeast Asia.


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one of my personal favorite shots


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some animals put fear into me, this is one does especially the way it stalked up to us


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she was rather unhappy


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something in the tall grass is watching us, this beautiful tiger


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he came out and was going for a drink, apparently he does this and then may spray people up to 8 feet away to ensure we know it's his place. But when he started over to the water he was very agitated and afraid



Even tigers don't like Snakes by ramcewan, on Flickr

the object of his fear was this snake sunning itself near the water dish.


snake that the tiger was scared of by ramcewan, on Flickr

later on the tour I caught him watching us, looks innocent but then again feeding time was right after the tour ended so maybe we looked yummy!


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So you made it this far so I will give you a tip, we went on Monday at 3pm for the 90 minute tour. They do not feed the cats on Sundays and this means all the cats are out and active because they're waiting for food.
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Old May 8, 2013, 11:02 AM   #5
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Excellent shots. Looks like you had a very good tour. I hope to visit there someday.

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