Carole's WOES Safari Guide tells us that Elsa was purchased at an auction in 1992. It does not say that she was then 'brought to' BCR. Carole's 1997 inventory shows that Elsa was purchased in October of 1992 for $225 while Carole's hand-written USDA acquisition forms put the purchase date at 4-6-93; the same date she gives for Pretender and Precious, who were also bought at the same auction in 1992. This discrepancy in acquisition dates is probably due to the fact that Carole has never admitted to her donors that she was buying cats at auctions to breed prior to her "rescue' of 56 bocat kittens in 1993. See bobcats The Great Pretender, Precious, Czar, and Nakita for more information. These cats were not rescues.
The Evolving Stories
Wildlife on Easy Street 1999- Big Cat Rescue (present)
"Elsa was purchased at an auction in 1992. She originally came from South Dakota, where she had been kept outside in a pen with no shelter from the freezing temperatures. Her ears were so badly frost bitten that they fell off. She appears older than what we were led to believe. She spends her days sleeping and eating in her large, 1200 square foot cat-a-tat with her neutered buddy, The Great Pretender. In 10/99 she had an abscessed tooth and under anesthesia it was discovered that she only has a couple of teeth left. She is fed a soft diet and is obviously not going hungry."