Friday, March 11, 2011

UPDATE: The New Residents are Settling in Very Well!

It's been a few days since the two tigers and two cougars arrived at IEAS from Houston. Now that things have calmed down here, the four cats have had a chance to explore their habitats, find some favorite spots to lay, and see what their new life is going to be like!

The male cougar has found his way out of his house several times in the past few days. He has been seen laying in the grass in the sun and up above his cave on his hill. He even came out to greet one of the interns who was refilling his water trough. He walked all the way over to say hi and see what she was doing. He seems to be a very friendly and mellow cougar and has caught the attention of his neighbor, Billy, a caracal. Billy has been staring at the cougar, watching his every move!

The female cougar has been a bit less outgoing, but definitely seems to be getting more and more comfortable. She has been walking around her habitat exploring. She has spent a good amount of time in her cave and it seems she may be very much like her neighbor, N'dito, in that she's always on watching everyone around her! Allie and Rasul, the female cougar's other neighbors, have been visiting her every so often.

The two tigers have found their favorite spots to lay so far. The male has a spot in the shade that he seems to enjoy laying in while the female has picked a cave in their habitat as the perfect place to lay. This is where they spend most of their time during the day but in the evenings, they are all very eager to explore. The tigers have been jumping onto their perches and smelling every corner of their habitat. The male has been catching lots of good scents and exhibiting the Flehmen response very often! It's a good sign that he is trying to familiarize himself with his surroundings and taking in everything he can!

All in all, each of the four cats has had a great appetite and is slowly catching on to our morning feeding routine. We are eager and exciting for them to fully adjust and are just as excited to keep you updated on their progress! We will have more pictures and videos to come; we want to be sure the new additions are settled and comfortable before we take too many!

If you have any questions about the new additions or ANY of the residents of IEAS, feel free to leave a comment or post it to our Facebook. We love to share anything and everything about our Sanctuary!

Thank you all for your support!
Be sure to stay updated on the four newest lives changed by IEAS!

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