USDA records show that Nirvana was bought from Miami Reptiles, 16325 S.W. 248th Street Miami 33031 at only 5 weeks old for $3,600. Nirvana was not rescued. Big Cat Rescue is NOT devoted 'entirely to big cats that have been abandoned or abused.'
The Evolving Stories
Wildlife on Easy Street 1997
"A female Ocelot born 6/20/94. She came to us from a broker on 7/27/94. We bottle raised her and took her everywhere we went. She is handled by many people everyday and bites every one of us, and yet she is most people's favorite."
Big Cat Rescue (present)
"Nirvana came to Big Cat Rescue from a broker on 7/27/94. He had left her at the vet’s office for dead because she was so dehydrated. Ocelots were once in great demand as pets thanks to their striking coats and small size. However, as with most exotic cats, their unpredictable nature and propensity for spraying soon changes people’s minds."