Tuesday, April 24, 2012

News, Birthdays, & Anniversaries!

Yesterday's blog posting invoked a lot of comments and emotions from our readers regarding the death of Ozzi, beloved lynx of the "Smiths."  Normally, we try to keep our blog postings uplifting and educational, but when a tragedy such as this comes to light, we feel we have an obligation to inform our readers.  

Several folks suggested this story must be made available to a greater public audience, naming names and so forth, so that something like this would never happen again.  We were given permission to post this story by one of the families involved on the condition that we did not disclose the family's  name or location.  There are two families still mourning the loss of Ozzi and until we receive permission from the families to release additional information, we must adhere to their wishes.  But that doesn't mean we cannot make a difference in the lives of captive, or for that matter, wild animals.

Last year, we posted a similar story on a captured wild bobcat located in Murphy, Texas, who was destroyed by a police officer instead of being released to the wild as originally promised.  As a result of the Murphy bobcat incident, Murphy law enforcement officers were trained on how to properly deal with wild exotic animals by In-Sync Exotics, learning that euthanasia is the last result when dealing with indigenous wild life.  Thanks to our volunteer, Ricki Hart, Murphy Police officers learned conflicts (or chance meetings) between humans and wild animals do not have to end in death.   Chief Cox was adamant that the police department’s policy will not include shooting a caged animal unless there is imminent risk to people or other animals.  The Chief also agreed to contact us to assist them with the relocation of captured wild animals.

So, if law enforcement officers lack the knowledge or tools necessary to deal with these types situations, then perhaps it is up to all of us to educate our local police and sheriff departments.   By forwarding this information to your friends and families, more people become aware of this issue and perhaps, just perhaps, they may be in the right position to make a change for the better so that another Ozzi-like tragedy is prevented.  Sometimes, it just takes one person to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

On a more positive note, we want to turn your focus towards our beautiful exotic wild animals, as we celebrate either their birthdays or anniversary arrival dates to In-Sync Exotics!

We celebrate two birthdays this month--tiger Emma who will be 12 years old on April 26th and bobcat Moses, who will be 6 years old on April 28th!  Let's start with Moses...

Adorable Baby Moses
Moses (left) and Otis (right) -- not a baby anymore!

Baby Emma Upon Arrival at In-Sync Exotics

And look how beautiful she is today!

Lovely Emma!

We also celebrate the arrival anniversaries of three beautiful tigers, Iona, Kaiya, and Sultan on April 27th--they have been with us for eight years!  Our "Brats" love to play on the playground and in their pool. It's hard to believe they are going on ten years of age this year.  Look at how much they love life and each other!

Sultan and Iona

Our "Brats" are all grown up now!
Iona, the water "baby"
Yoga, Sultan-style!
Kaiya watching us watch her!
Sultan in the snow
Iona in the snow

Kaiya in the snow

To learn more about our wonderful birthday cats and "brats," visit their web pages here!  We hope you found today's posting informative.  Don't forget to let us know your reaction to this and future posting by clicking on one of the reaction buttons shown below--and share this blog posting with others--thank you!


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