Friday, October 21, 2011

Week in Review - Lots of Ups and Downs

This week has been an emotional roller coaster for everyone at In-Sync Exotics.  We started the week with highlights from our 1st annual “Putting for Paws” Charity Golf Tournament held last week.  Thanks to some amazing golfers, donors, and sponsors we were able to raise $7,035 for the animals!

Tuesday was our weekly Who Am I contest!  This contest recognizes our animal residents, giving our readers an opportunity to learn more about their amazing stories.  We had one correct guess to the Who Am I contest—Amanda W! Way to go Amanda! To learn more about our amazing animals, please visit our Resident web page and brush up on the cats’ stories so you can correctly identify the next cat featured in our Who Am I contest!

We also provided our readers an update on Eve’s spay surgery that she underwent on Monday.  Dr. Kerian and Dr. Wallance found a mass, about the size of an orange on her uterus.  The mass was removed and tested to see if the mass was malignant.  We are still waiting for the biopsy report.  So that makes two lionesses saved by spay surgery!  If you would like to contribute to the lionesses’ surgery costs, please visit our donation page!

On Wednesday, Round 2 of the Roar Off competition featuring The Poetry Girls and The White Boys was posted and voting was brisk for several hours, until news reached us of the tragic events at Terry Thompson’s farm outside Zanesville, OH.  The animal world was rocked by the news that 49 animals -- 18 tigers, 17 lions, 6 black bears, 2 grizzly bears, 3 mountain lions, 2 wolves and 1 baboon were shot and killed after the owner, Terry Thompson, 62, released the animals from their enclosures and then committed suicide.  Six animals (1 grizzly bear, 3 leopards and 2 monkeys) were safely captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo. That left one non-human primate still on the loose.

Each day brings new details to this horrific situation.  The Washington Post reports today that according to court records, Thompson and his wife owed at least $68,000 in unpaid federal and county taxes, and had two federal liens filed against him in 2010.  It appears that Thompson took in so many animals that he was way “in over his head.”

We may never know why Thompson did what he did, but we can work towards strengthening animal abuse laws to ensure that this type of tragedy never happens again.

Final results of Round 2 of the Roar Off competition will be announced on Monday, thereby giving folks one more day to vote for the “Loudest Roarer!"

If you have not seen the Cheetah boys give one another a bath, you may want to check out their video that was posted on Wednesday!  As a reminder, we are still fundraising for the cheetahs’ new home, so if you would like to donate towards this project, please visit our special Razoo donation page.

Now that the weather is cooling down, our cats are having a great time running and playing.  You have got to make plans to visit us this weekend!  You can learn more about our tours by visiting our Tours webpage.

And finally, as a reminder, if you have not registered for our 3rd Annual Tiger Trot, now is the time to do so!  To register, please visit our event page.  All registered runners and walkers will receive a free t-shirt, water bottle, and the children will have access to the bounce house!  We hope to see you soon!


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