Issue 70, May 10, 2011
Pepsi Refresh Project
And MORE exciting news from IEAS is that we have another new resident! Titan was rescued from the Kelly-Miller Circus, a traveling circus based out of Oklahoma. Richard Gilbreth, Executive Director, received a call on March 28 from the USDA saying they needed to find a home for a male tiger. Quoted by the USDA, "The tiger wouldn't perform for the circus. They needed to find a home for the tiger or the circus was going to make a rug out of him for their show." After hearing this, Richard and IEAS knew we had to rescue this innocent tiger. At the time, we just didn't know how fast we needed to act. The Circus was set up in Bridgeport, just 15 miles from the Sanctuary. Since it is a traveling Circus, they were leaving that night, so Richard and Roy headed to Bridgeport to rescue this tiger. The tiger was being kept in a 6X6 cage where all he could do is stand up and barely turn around. He was eager to get out of these conditions, as you could imagine, and is now much happier in his new habitat with a pool, grass, perches, a house, and lots of enrichment!
Quench Our Thirst Weekend was a HUGE Success!
Also, a BIG thank you to everyone who brought cases of water during our "Quench Our Thirst" weekend! We collected almost 70 cases of bottled water! This adds up to almost 1,800 bottles of water! So incredible! This is such a huge sign of support and we can't thank everyone enough!
Newt will turn 17 this month! Newt is a quintessential bobcat as he loves to lounge on the highest perches in his habitat. You can always see his little feet hanging over the top of his wooden perches during the day. He is great friends with his neighbors, Baby and Cookie – two more bobcats!
Tassers is a very special bobcat and will be turning 23 this month! Tassers is super affectionate and loves visitors. He will always make his way right over to the fence, purring at a friendly face. One of his favorite things to do is roll around in he tall grasses of his habitat!
Female Amur Leopard
Mia will be 15 years old this month and is one special cat! She is one of rarest species of cat that there is! She came to IEAS very distrusting of humans but has come to really enjoy the company of those she trusts. She will run down from her highest perch, with her affectionate rumbling sound, and roll in the grass near her visitor.
Bob9 shares his birthday with Mia, but will be 18 years old this month! Bob9 is one tough little cat. He is one of the only cats know to have survived West Nile virus. He is very friendly, poised, and loves visitors. He loves to lay in the corner of his habitat in the sun with his little paws crossed!
Female Bengal Tiger
Zippy, a neighbor of Bob9, will be 10 years old this month! She is a very friendly girl when she's in a good mood. She loves to lay in the sun on her back, warming her belly. She is a special cat who was near drowning in a locked cage during Hurricane Ike when she was rescued. We are happy to have given her a home here at IEAS!