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Watch How Workers Prepare for Hurricanes at Big Cat Rescue

In this video, handlers at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue get felines and enclosures ready for a storm.

Whitney C. Harris  |  Oct 25th 2016


We’re still in hurricane season, and keeping animals safe is a big priority – especially for the staff at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. In this informative and insightful almost-4-minute video, watch as the rescue team prepares the southern sanctuary for a tropical storm.

In addition to cleaning the enclosures, and providing fresh water and huge (by human standards) helpings of meat in the morning, the keepers take the extra precaution of leading the animals into the roofed portions of their habitats. This means a falling tree wouldn’t injure a big cat — or provide a way out for one to escape if it damaged an enclosure. In fact, the enclosures themselves are purposely built up so they stay dry, and there are built-up dens and covered platforms so the cats can find shelter.

At this sanctuary, the tigers don’t seem very bothered by the rain, but most of the other cats find places to hide from the storm. The workers themselves are boldly braving the wind and wet, wearing rain slickers and foul weather gear to do their job. After all, animal care is a 24/7, all-weather gig.

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As an educational and nonbreeding sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue is home to more than 100 feline residents. You can see more of the day-to-day work at this remarkable facility at Big Cat TV.