Issue 65, February 7, 2011
Help Build a Cave for Pecos!
This spring we would like to build a cave for Pecos, one of the bobcats of IEAS. He is the only bobcat left that does not yet have a cave. In order to do this, we will need a dog igloo to serve as the molding for the cave. We are looking for a medium size igloo that is roughly 22¾" high and 30" wide. If you or anyone you know happens to have an igloo that you don't use anymore, we could sure use it! Feel free to drop it off at the Sanctuary. If you have one that you would like to donate but can't get it here, give us a call at 940-433-5091 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 940-433-5091 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, and we'll see what we can do. Thank you in advance for your help! Pecos surely appreciates your generosity! We are looking forward to building a cave to keep him nice and cool during the hot Texas summers!
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Female Bengal Tiger
Isabella will be 18 years old this month. Isabella and her companions, Barnum and Big John, were confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Brownsville, TX. They were part of the Spanish Circus that was on their way back to Spain. Isabella, Big John and Barnum were cramped in a small trailer along with ponies and camels and kept in deplorable conditions. The tigers were hot, underfed, thirsty and had just about lost all will to live. They were transferred to a temporary home near Brownsville until IEAS stepped in to offer these helpless animals a second chance at a better life. With the help of the local community and other organizations, the money was raised and a habitat was constructed. These tigers who were once kept in a cramped, hot trailer, and to the point of no hope, now enjoy a 15,000 square foot habitat with perches to lie on, two running pools and trees for shade. They are now living the life they rightly deserved from the beginning. This was truly a fairy tale ending for all involved.
Male Black Bear
Bill will be 18 years old this month. I heard one of our winter interns say the other day, "I have only seen Bill once since I have been here." Well, that is true of Bill in the winter time. He likes to spend most of his time snuggled up and sleeping in his cave. Unlike the grizzly bears who will sleep most of the winter and eat next to nothing for the season, Bill still likes to eat everyday. He is just very sneaky about it so you don't get to see him much. For Bill, the keepers can just slide his food under the fence into his bitat. Bill will then come out, usually when no one is around to see, and grab his pan of food and pull it into his cave to eat in privacy. When it's really cold, we don't want Bill to have to come out of his cave at all so we like to put the food right in front of his cave so he can just reach out and pull it in.
Pixie, Rascal and Rowdy
American Black Bears
Pixie, Rascal and Rowdy will be two years old this month. This fall, these three bears were moved in with the older bears of the Sanctuary. They now live in Bear Orphanage with Dakar, Meyote, Lucky and Lucy. All of the bears have adjusted nicely to this change. Pixie, Rascal, and Rowdy were a little skeptical of the older bears at first, but have since become very comfortable in their new five acre home. We have actually seen the youngsters playing with Lucky sometimes. Winter is a somewhat quiet time for the bears here at the Sanctuary. They tend spend most of their time sleeping in their caves and their dens. It will be interesting to see how their relationships develop when spring rolls around.
American Black Bears
Scamp will be two years old this month as well. An Alaskan resident walked outside to find a hungry black bear cub rummaging through his garbage looking for food in two feet of snow. With no mother in sight, an obvious sign this frightened cub needed some help, the resident was able to get the bear into a dog carrier in his garage. He then contacted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game who made arrangements for him to be picked up. With the assistance of Shannon Jenson, Curator of the Alaska Zoo, the little cub boarded a plane in Anchorage, Alaska and arrived in Texas where he was met by the Staff of IEAS to take him on his final trip to his new home. Scamp now lives in a natural five acre habitat in Bear Orphanage with his two buddies, Scooter and Greta. These three bears are getting along great.