Tiger Sanctuary Tour

By: GardenGrrl , 5:00 AM GMT on April 25, 2009

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Lions and Tigers and Bears; Oh My! What were these people thinking?

Sprinkled throughout the U.S. are private non-profit sanctuarys for homeless exotic animals that for one reason or another people thought would make great pets. They found out wild animals are not easy to care for. They get big. (Imagine that.) They play a bit rougher than a ten pound domestic tabby.

So these folks needed a place to dump their unwanted lions, tigers and other exotics. These sanctuarys take in the exotics that the zoos can't take. Most are non-profit organizations that live off donations. Boyd, Texas has one of these sanctuarys.

To help make ends meet the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas gives tours if you make an appointment with them. Sanctuary tours are not quite like zoo tours. A great deal of effort goes in to keeping the animals comfortable and not to agitate them with visitors. Young children are not allowed on tours, loud talking and getting close to the animals is prohibited.

While it's neat to see these animals up close and live, it's also a bit depressing to hear how some of them got there. One story that gets the over-indulgent parent award is about the black panther. The panther was given as a pet to a teenage boy. When the boy left home for college they simply shipped the panther off to the sanctuary with a nice donation.

Okay so I'm being a tad preachy here today. Please think before you bring home any pet. They aren't "things" they are committments.

Peace from the blog porch soapbox.

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Front gate of the sanctuary with their phone number if you would like to call and make a donation.
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This black panther used to be a teenagers pet.
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Here's a bobcat peeking through the tree branches.
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One of the leopards saying "Hi".
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Female lion just chillin in her space.
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It was rather warm out so the big cats like this male lion were taking their big cat naps.
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The white tigers doing some power lounging.
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Eurasian Brown Bear. Little brown bears are my favorite.
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38. plapman
12:34 PM GMT on May 05, 2009
Good Morning GG
My tulips finally have buds. The trees have buds, Yahoo spring on the prairie
Have a good day
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37. sandiquiz
9:06 AM GMT on May 05, 2009
Just dropping by to say I hope you have dried out and the week is going well..... Tuesday already!!
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36. moonlightcowboy
5:32 AM GMT on May 05, 2009
Great pictures of awesome creatures! Nice blog, thank for sharing.
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35. shoreacres
5:21 AM GMT on May 05, 2009
Chicken Sweaters!!!
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34. Proserpina
2:05 PM GMT on May 03, 2009

From my garden to yours. Happy Sunday to you.
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33. GardenGrrl
9:43 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Hi, looks like the storm has passed by and unless more cells form, we should be done for a few hours. Got some pea to marble size hail about an hour ago.

Hi PL, Your parakeets sounded like they were adorable. Especially the english budgie with the fancy feathers. I miss having a parakeet but with the larger bird Syd, the little bird would not last long if it landed on Syd's cage.
Syd is very terratorial of his "house".

Well it's off to the batcave for the long week. Am hoping North Texas has finished all it's weather news this evening.

Peace from the soggy blog porch.
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32. 0084PenguinLover
8:19 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Take care out ther GG! Stay safe.

We had a bad spell of a storm here about 1600-1630 Saturday afternoon, but then it was gone and that yellow thing above was glairing off the puddles.

Peace, PL
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31. GardenGrrl
8:14 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Holy Cats & Dogs but it's been raining around here. Not little rain, but torrential down pours, rockin and rollin thunder followed by drizzles and just when you think it's over another big one comes.

The gardens around my house are submerged in a few inches of water in the low spots. This morning they bulldozed a few acres of field and trees along the road. This evening it was a raging river of mud deep across the road now that the trees and field grass are no longer there to contain the top soil.

Dallas and surrounding areas are having flash floods.
In Irving, a pretty rough storm came in during the afternoon. Our Dallas Cowboys, who really need the practice, were hard at work at their training facility.
The field is enclosed by a climate controlled white bubble to give them some privacy during practice. Whats been called a "mini-tornado" by the news here flattend the structure on top of the players. It left them struggling through twisted metal frame work tangled in a heavy white canvas like covering all made slick by driving rain and heavy winds.
Several people were seriously injured.

The cells continue to reform and more rain is expected.

Hi Sp, I've been goofing off and don't have a new blog to put up. Heck, haven't done much but shop and eat this weekend. Our Mom brought home a young woolly monkey when we were kids. There IS a reason monkeys are not common pets. Poor thing was returned to the pet store after a week. That really drove home the point to me as a child that wild animals should be left in their habitat.

Hi Shore, It has been thunder storm one after another here. Window ratteling thunder and such going on as I'm typing. Hope the surge protector I have works. $$$! It's hailing right now. pea and marble size. Gonna sign off and watch.
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30. 0084PenguinLover
5:12 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
GG: the English Budgie was so cute. His chest feathers curled and reminded me of the tuxedo shirts that Liberace (sp?)wore..so the pet shop owner started calling him that... I just continued (that way I wouldn't have to stress over giving him a name). His little buddy was only with us for a couple of weeks. I he was a pretty yellow and green and I named him after my favorite PS2 game "Jak & Daxter" I called him Dax.

Cassiopia was my angel from a few years before. her cage was right next to the fireplace and she would come out and wiggle her back end when I lit the fire. She loved the warmth. I am sure I have mentioned Cassie before around and about these blogs.

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29. shoreacres
11:32 PM GMT on May 02, 2009
GG ~ just heard about the practice facility going down. When I checked the radar it looked like you missed out on the worst of it, but it's hard to tell from just a radar glance.

Hope you haven't had any damage - apparently the ten they say are injured don't have life-threatening injuries. Hope your evening is placid once that mess gets out of there.

I think tomorrow will be cactus bloom day! The blossoms grew perceptibly today, and started to open. I got some "intermediate photos" too.
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28. sp34n119w
10:00 PM GMT on May 02, 2009
Hiya, gg! I so wanted a black panther when I was a kid. And a racoon before that. Didn't get either, thank goodness. My parents were neither that wealthy nor that stupid.

The Unitarians here in town do mostly music (wonderful, unusual music - though I've never been, lol) but the others in the area would do events similar to what you describe. One can get quite a well-rounded education hanging around with those folks.

Happy weekend to you!
(wanted to get that in before you change the blog, ;))
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27. GardenGrrl
9:40 PM GMT on May 02, 2009
Hi PL, That is so sad. Parakeets are actually my favorites of all the pet type birds. They just seem to be little heart breaks waiting to happen though with their short life spans and dare devil tendencies that bring them to harms way. They are still the cutest little birds ever though.
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26. 0084PenguinLover
11:37 AM GMT on May 02, 2009
GG: that's another thing. I MISS MY BIRDS!! Last February (2008) I came home from work and found them both (one English Budgie and one parakeet) dead in the bottom of the cage. Apparently, the fumes from the downstairs neighbor found a way into my place and nailed them...they were cleaning real good for the return depost $$.

I have vowed to not have anymore birds while living at these apts. The managers swear that it's not possible, but I believe that...and tomorrow will be tripple digits too!Yeah, right.

My dream is to one day have a Salmon Crested Cokatoo, but I do not feel I have the experience enough to comit to one. I will probably find a cute conure and settle for one of those.
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25. GardenGrrl
6:59 AM GMT on May 02, 2009
Hi Folks, What an interesting evening I've had. The Unitarian Church up the road is doing PBS documentry screenings and discussions. Tonight they showed one called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell about gays in the military. One of the soldiers kicked out prior to 9-11 worked in linguistics and is fluent in Arabic and Farsi. (They still won't let him back in even though they are short of language specialists)
Apparently about 300 Gay people fluent in Arabic type languages, Korean etc. signed up to help defend our country but were discharged when found out. Makes you wonder if 9-11 could have been prevented if they had had enough specialists to read the backlog of intercepted messages, including the ones the hijackers sent that no one got to until after the fact.
The Unitarians sure have some contraversial and thought provoking forums. Does make you pause and think though.

Hi Sandi, there is something about hotflashes and craving sugar that go together. I just see a picture of sweets and head to the kitchen or ice-cream parlor. Yesterday it was frozen custard and found chocolate from the pantry, today it was Sonic Drive In. Pretty soon I will be digging through the couch cushions looking for lost Tic Tacs.

Hi Tony, Short little Roxie is a walking water collector. Towel drying has become a catch and wrestle game.

Hi Shore, that is one happy looking cactus. Should be exciting to see what kind of flower it gets. I just repotted a little bonsied elm tree and hope it makes it. Seems repotting either makes a plant very happy, or not.

Hi PL, thank you for being one of the people who actually thinks the pet committment thing through. I'm at capacity over here with pets. On work days I'm so short of time I will have the cockatoo on one hand, the dog playing tug-a-war or fetch on the other hand while whistling to the cockatiel that doesn't like to be handled but likes being whistled to. Oddly they seem to enjoy the group "speed bonding" sessions more than individual time.

Hi Prose, Happy May Day to you too. It must be very pretty in your area right now.
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24. Proserpina
2:35 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
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23. 0084PenguinLover
12:43 PM GMT on May 01, 2009
sandi: is that temptress, or diet sabatour?
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22. sandiquiz
12:35 PM GMT on May 01, 2009

Happy month to you GG :)

Sorry I was being naughty posting the chocolate treats.... (No, I'm not, just call me the temptress!) LOL
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21. 0084PenguinLover
6:03 AM GMT on May 01, 2009
Oh, I wanted to share a poem with y'all that I learned in school. your blog made me think of it. In grade school a poet came to the class and taught us a few of his poems. After all these many years....I have no idea who he was, but I do remember this poem.

Unga bunga, unga bunga
deep in the heart of an African Junga
Lives a lion, lives a tiger, lives a chimpanzee

Unga Bunga, Unga Bunga
deep in the heart of an African Junga
Lives a Rhino, lives a hippo, lives a parakeet
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20. 0084PenguinLover
5:28 AM GMT on May 01, 2009
Shore: don't go to the stab & Shoot for sweets. someone put a post about chocolate mug cake awhile back and I love it. 5 minutes from walk in the kitchen to enjoying hot choc. cake. I divide the batter in half (also the time) and then pack the second half in my lunch.(this way I can be the envy of the lunchroom)

GG:I totally agree with you about responsibility. I have been wanting to get a dog for the last couple of years, but with my wacked out schedule it just wouldn't be fair to the little pooch. Now, with the health issues, I am thinking pets are even less on the list now. So, I try to live vicariously through other people's dogs and since I have no children of my own. I call my brother's 2, sister's 1 and friend's 5 = "MY Kids"
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19. shoreacres
4:59 AM GMT on May 01, 2009
Oh, good gosh, Sandi. It's five minutes until midnight, I have nothing sweet in the house to eat and you post that picture? Should I go get in the car and drive over to the local stab-and-shoot? If it weren't midnight I might.

GG ~ Lookie, oh lookie. Here is my beautemous cactus, on its way to full bloom. I'm not sure how long it will be now. I'll bet about two or three days if it gets some sun. It's taller than it appears here - about six inches, I'd say. I'll get the whole thing when it blooms. This is the one I didn't get the photo of last year because I didn't realize the bloom would last only a day.

We've had so much rain two others have lost their buds to mildew or rot or something, but as it dries out, they may come back. And I finally repotted my spineless cactus, and it's put on a half-dozen new baby pads. I'm so excited!

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18. plapman
12:59 PM GMT on April 30, 2009
Good Morning GG
Abby loves the towel dry experience. I think she thinks its a tummy rub. lol
have a good day
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17. sandiquiz
12:00 PM GMT on April 30, 2009
I am being very mean.... if you were tempted by the strawberry scones, how about a dish of profiteroles :-) LOL

Enjoy your few days off :))

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16. GardenGrrl
10:58 AM GMT on April 30, 2009
Lots of rain in North Texas this week. The lawn is very green and tall. Seedlings are turning into plants and the frost burned tomato plants are becoming bushy again.

Hi Surfmom, I can imagine in your line of work you see a lot of the good and bad of large animal ownership. Noticed you have some very happy looking hens.

Hi Ronnie, thanks for coming by. Say hi to your wild birds for me.

Hey Larisa, good to see you. Really like your baby bird blog.

Hi Rebel, Funny isn't it how some people can be real nasty to other people but best friends to animals. Rarely is it the other way around. Agree with you though, helping the horses does even things up.

Hi Tony, The person who figures out what to do with all those leaves as a marketable enterprise is going to rich. Hmmmm, wallpaper, breakfast cereal...

Calpoppy! I love that show extreme home make-over. They go around doing the nicest things for people or groups in need. That's great they helped out that rescue group.

Hi Sandi, peeked over in your blog at the tulip cottage and your latest art work. Nice :)

Hi JD, Guess you have become an un-official shelter. I'm allergic to kitties so when they start hanging around her I get them shots, put a nice collar on them and someone will soon decide I'm a "bad cat owner" leaving such a nice kitty outside and steal my stray cat.
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15. JDinWPA
4:03 AM GMT on April 30, 2009
Hi GG. I'm with you on this one. It is so hard to believe the callousness and/or stupidity of some people regarding pets. I think I've just adopted a new tabby, which is obviously a drop off. It's a non-nuetered male and a year old at the most. I have to get him to the vet to take care of that problem as I can't leave him in the house for long because of the spraying. But he's gorgeous, loving and would never make it in the wild for long.

The truly sad part is that I have lived here for 25 years and have never had to go looking for a cat. There are always drop-offs every few years. What can these people be thinking?

On a more positive note, I saw my first male oriole for the season. The hummer's arrival can't be too far away!
14. sandiquiz
7:50 AM GMT on April 29, 2009
Hi GG -
Please excuse the "paste and run", but I just wanted to say Hi, Happy Wednesday, and hopefully at the weekend I will be able to spend more time catching up :))

Tulips from Amsterdam (no, sorry, from England!!) LOL

Jewels :)
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13. calpoppy
9:09 PM GMT on April 28, 2009
Hi GG, there is a wild animal sanctuary in the town where I work. They were on the tv show extreme makeover. I hope I got that title right I don't have tv. These people have many abused tigers and panthers. These cats have had their claws removed and now suffer extreme pain from that procedure. A lot of the donations go to the cost of the operations these cats need to be pain free again.
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12. plapman
12:41 PM GMT on April 28, 2009
Good Morning GG
I got the most of the yard work done yesterday. It's too bad there isn't a market for the leaves except at the local composting site.
Have a good day
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11. rebel13
8:13 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
There is a fellow in the Toronto area who took in a large number of mistreated horses from a famour horseman in the USA. Can't remember the name of the famous dude but he pleads ignorance which no one, I'm sure, will deny. The Toronto lad had a bad rep for the way he handled some minor hockey leagues in Toronto. The slate is clean in my view now.
The animals in your shots look happy and healthy.
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10. lorik
8:01 PM GMT on April 27, 2009
Thank You for the very interesting information
on Your blog, Larisa.
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9. ronni9
3:44 AM GMT on April 27, 2009

JUST STOP BY TO SAY ----------

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8. surfmom
10:31 AM GMT on April 26, 2009
EXCELLENT BLOG!!!! can't say how many ponies/horses are bought w/out the understanding of "long-term commitment" Thank you for your most valid and important message.
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7. GardenGrrl
10:21 AM GMT on April 26, 2009
Hi Jane, Yes it was hard not to add a little line about children being committments too. Thankfully there are people and organizations that reach out to help and nurture neglected and abandoned lives both human and animal. I've always had a respect for teachers and their contribution to making the world better and thank you as a teacher for reaching out and making a difference.

Hi Tony, yes rescue shelters are a good thing and so are people who take in rescue animals. Say Hi to Abbey for me.

Hi Alley, I think the need to do good is just as strong or stronger in some people than the need to destroy is in others. Kindness being the glue that holds a society together. Thanks for being who you are.

Hi Sandi, Oh yeah we can't forget about reptiles and amphibians that go from cute little things to very large and hard to handle critters that often have big teeth. One would think pet shops would have better sense than to sell these. Speaking of teachers, your another one that gets a gold star.

Hi Patrap, I have heard that there are currently more tigers living in Texas than in India. It was nice though that the ones at this sanctuary seemed quite content. I guess the silver lining is, if these animals were not happy where they were, they seem happy here. P.S. Thanks to soldiers we have a safe country to keep them in.

Hi Shore, How cool would that be to look out your window and watch a family of hawks? I have been wondering if you have seen any of your ospry? Oh, and again, "Happy Blogaversy" and Keep Shining :-)

Okay, I'm off to the work week and will preach to the chior more next week. But seriously, I know most of the people who read this already have a decent amount of common sense on this subject. It also seems that lot's of people who hang around in WUBA are also the people who volunteer to help make the world a better place even if it's just by upholding the tradition of good manners and kind words. These things matter. Thanks for being who you are. Peace from the blog porch.
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6. shoreacres
9:34 PM GMT on April 25, 2009
GG ~ Wonderful post, and wonderful work those folks are doing. I think Kinky Friedman's place outside Kerrville takes in big cats, too, but I can't remember for certain. I know he's been deeply involved in animal rights and rehabilitation.

For your viewing pleasure, I brought along this live camera that's recording (daylight only) a red-tailed hawk nest with three babies!
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5. Patrap
4:55 PM GMT on April 25, 2009
The Large Felines Globally face serious extinction scenarios.
Good to see kindness and concern for these majestic and wonderful Partners of the planet.

Thanks for the entry.
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4. sandiquiz
4:53 PM GMT on April 25, 2009
How awful that folk can do this to such beautiful creatures (thank goodness there is a place like this to help look after them once their "cuteness" wears off) .... and the white tigers are almost extinct too.

In this country it is not large cats that folk take as pets but things like little terrapins... which look cute in a small tank, but as they grow they don't know what to do with them so they take them and put them in streams and rivers, where they continue to grow, and upset the marine biology of our streams and rivers!

How wonderful to have a swan fly over, and then to see an egret. The little egrets are only just beginning to move here from the continent... We have quite a colony on the south coast. I once saw a peacock fly over me as I parked my car... They are such large birds, the shadow they make is enough to scare you!!
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3. Alleyoops
4:08 PM GMT on April 25, 2009
Thank God for people like this who take in these unwanted animals and give them love and shelter filled with kindness and understanding. Thank you for sharing this with us. Have a blessed day GG.
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2. plapman
2:35 PM GMT on April 25, 2009
Good Morning GG
It's good to see these unwanted animals have found a home where they'll be cared for.
Have a good day
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1. JanesVacation
12:19 PM GMT on April 25, 2009
What beautiful animals! They seem very well cared for, too. I am a teacher so I couldn't help but compare these unwanted animals to the many cases we have of students that are not cared for properly by their parents. Getting a pet or having a baby are mature decisions that are a real commitment of time, energy and money. How nice this sanctuary provides such a nice place for these animals to live and lounge and hang out! Thanks for sharing!
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