We also got them from Texas. They had lost their “usefulness” and were no longer cute and “cuddly” for a local zoo in Texas. They were both ragged looking and timid. The zoo gave them away to a couple that got tired of them when they got too big for them.
Batman – 2007
Robin – 2007
Batman roaring and vocalizing loudly!
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She was born 4 December 1999. She came to us from Kansas.
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Boudreaux came to us from South Carolina as a result of a private ownership from a husband and wife. The couple was divorcing and felt that one person alone wouldn’t be able to take care of him.
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Morticia and Gomez arrived October 2000, age 5 months. They are litter mates and are (Pantheras Tigris Altaica) Siberian tigers.
They arrived from Texas as a result of being exploited as traveling photo cats. As a result of this exploitation, Morticia has an extreme fear of camera tripods and that is one of the reasons why we don’t allow tripods or umbrellas on the premises. She also tends to be shyer with visitors and stays in her house more. Gomez is outgoing and loves the swimming pool a lot.
Gomez, Morticia, and Natasha
Gomez and Morticia
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They actually came from a loving home in Lafayette, Louisiana, but a divorce changed the housing situation and the former owner was not allowed to take them with her.
Mongo watching Noodles play with a pumpkin
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Moses surprised us all with his will to survive since his mother did not know how to care for him. He had to be hand raised as a result.
Videos of Moses from our Facebook page:
Photos of Moses the lion
Moses Return to Yogie and Friends – an article at the Shreveport Times
Lion cub returns to Louisiana sanctuary
July 8, 2006
By Vickie Welborn, email@example.com
FRIERSON — Moses the lion cub is settling into his new home at Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary.
The 4-month-old cub returned Friday afternoon after growing healthy enough to return to his birthplace. Moses has been hand-raised at the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Tyler, Texas, since shortly after his surprise Feb. 27 birth.
Moses is the product of an unsuccessful vasectomy that allowed him to be born to two adult lions, Boo Boo and Batman, who share the same pen at Yogie and Friends. Unfortunately, Boo Boo, a first-time mother, did not bond with her cub, prompting Yogie and Friends co-founders Tim Mills and Jenny Senier to place him temporarily with the Tyler refuge.
Moses suffered health problems at the beginning, and his survival was touch-and-go at first.
But at a healthy 35 pounds, Moses was ready Friday for a return trip to the Frierson sanctuary. His departure from Tiger Creek on Friday afternoon was an emotional one for his handlers.
"I’m excited and a little nervous," said Senier of her first hands-on experience with a lion club. "Tim has done this before, but not me."
Moses is no longer bottle-fed; he’s eating about four pounds of meat a day.
Some donations from the public helped Mills and volunteers to build a 1,000-square foot pen that will serve as Moses’ home until he reaches about 100 pounds. Then, he’ll be incorporated into a pen with the other lions.
Still, Moses’ new surroundings will be larger than what he’s grown up in at the Tyler refuge.
"He’ll be surrounded by the other lions, so he has the sights, smells and sounds of his family around him," Senier said.
Mills, who lives on the property, and Senier will keep a close eye on Moses as he gets used to his new environment. Any behavioral changes will be addressed, "but we don’t expect any problems. He’s used to being in the outdoors now."
"We’re always nervous with a new animal because we want the best for them," Senier added.
Yogie and Friends provides a sanctuary for other lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats and servals that have been rescued from roadside zoos or other unsafe living conditions. The public is allowed to view the animals, but not touch or hold them. The same will be the case with Moses, although Senier admits that because he’s so small, she’s already had requests to show him off.
"But that’s not what we do," Senier said.
Moses can be viewed during the weekend hours of operation.
As for daddy Batman, he’s scheduled for another vasectomy Sunday. "I hope it works this time," Senier said.
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He was born 26 Sep 1998. He arrived from Texas.
Putty Tat – our Indochinese tiger
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They were rescued, none too soon, from Texas. A local veterinarian made Tim aware of them. “Sammy” was so emaciated and sickly that Tim had to hand feed him for a week. Sammy couldn’t even walk when Tim got him. Delilah wasn’t in much better shape, but she could walk.
This is Sammy and Delilah in their old home, which we were glad to rescue them from:
When they were young kittens, Delilah was thrown into a swimming pool and pulled all her muscles. She wouldn’t go into a pool again until the summer of 2005 when she surprised us all by getting into the pool. We started noticing her dipping her foot in and eventually she went in. This was one very happy moment for us. Sammy and Delilah went from feces and urine infested, shade less, pool less, cramped little concrete covered cage (no house either) to a large dirt and grass-covered pen with their own pool, house, and shade. They now have lots of food and lots of love.
Isn’t Delilah beautiful?
Here is Samson in 2007, as big and healthy as he deserves to be.
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Speedy came to us from Puyallup, Washington as the result of a divorce. He lived in a two-bedroom apartment with the couple until the ex-husband said he could no longer take care of him. Speedy had some reaction to the climate and had some allergies when he arrived, but is now doing very well. He is like a typical house cat that will ignore you when he has played enough. Servals have a life span of about 19 years.
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