Big Cat Rescue has been operating for slightly over 25 years now. During that lengthy span of time there have been numerous strange incidences involving their animals ranging anywhere from a cougar having a seizure caused by the sound of a helicopter to a serval found in its cage with a broken leg with only speculation as to what caused the injury. A recent incident involving one of their tigers comes close to topping them all.
On Sunday, October 8th, Zabu, a 17 year old female white tiger currently residing at Big Cat Rescue, almost drowned in a small pond with volunteers helplessly screaming and watching from outside the enclosure (emphasis added):
Big Cat Rescue goes on to describe how Zabu eventually reclaimed enough control of her own body to get out of the pond. Her cagemate, a male lion named Cameron, was sedated in preparation to have a truck come as close as possible to the bank of the pond in order to try pulling Zabu out of the water with a rope or catch noose.
There wasn’t a single news report or animal rights organization covering the ordeal. Would people be more vocal if this near disaster occurred at an accredited zoo?
We obtained a statement from Vera Chaples, Vice President and Co-Founder of the Mystic Jungle Educational Facility, regarding the incident:
While Big Cat Rescue suspects that Zabu was having a seizure, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that the vegetation might have exacerbated the situation. Full video can be found HERE.
Zabu is currently locked in an adjoining cage far away from the pond so she can be monitored for possible seizures and administered medicine to avoid any illnesses that might be brought on by the water she inhaled during her struggle.
We obtained a statement from Barry Janks, Co-Founder of Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. He took issue with Big Cat Rescue’s rush to have numerous cats undergo medical procedures in a single day:
A very valid criticism if we do say so ourselves. We assume Big Cat Rescue’s veterinarian team would have been stretched far too thin if Zabu had sustained injuries requiring timely emergency medical treatment.
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, goes on to say, “A text came in from Chris at explore asking me to clean off Nikita’s webcam, so I replied to his text asking him to turn off the Vacation Rotation webcam. Watching a tiger drowning was an scene that will replay in my head forever and I didn’t want our viewers to suffer the same insomnia that those of us watching were going to experience.”
We find that statement from Carole to be quite odd. She apparently has no qualms posting a link to an article containing a graphic video showing a man’s agonizing death at the jaws of a tiger. She also posted a link to an article containing a video showing lions mauling a man after he jumped into their enclosure in an alleged suicide attempt.
She also has no problem using over a minute of footage from 9/11 just to make a point in one of her presentations. The footage she used contains scenes of people desperately begging for help and jumping from the top floors of the World Trade Center to avoid suffering the intense flames that began engulfing the building.
Does she possess the erroneous mindset that totally disregards human life, but is outraged the moment a nonhuman animal dies? That can’t possibly be the case since just last month she shared an article containing a video of a white tiger getting savagely mauled to death by other tigers.
Why does Carole suddenly develop a conscious when it comes to Zabu, but not people or other animals? We posed that question to Linda Sue, Founder of Rabbits In Need and a vocal critic of Big Cat Rescue:
In a update page published yesterday, Carole posted a letter one of her supporters sent her along with her follow up response to that supporter. One part that stood out for us in her response is when she says, “I wasn’t sad, so much as exhausted, because every time a cat dies or has a stroke, or an accident, or any other mishap, the haters just come out in DROVES to be as vile and derogatory as possible.”
Carole has a problem with critics pointing out mishaps that have occurred at her facility over the years? The same Carole that lambasted an AZA accredited zoo that had to amputate the injured leg of their female tiger due to a freak accident that involved an attempt at introducing the female tiger to a male tiger? Carole decided to capitalize on the incident by publishing a letter urging the zoo to turn the injured tiger over to her along with all of their exotic cats they have. Her letter garnered attention from the media and proponents of the animal rights ideology.
Since the article is already about Zabu we should also point out how Big Cat Rescue claims she was the first white tiger in their facility. USDA acquisition forms tell a different story.