on Easy Street is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the case of
exotic cats and other endangered animals. In August, I had the opportunity
to spend a day there (courtesy of my wonderful husband).
It was an amazing day spent
photographing, feeding, training, and actually touching some of the animals
there. The price for this full day was $100 and worth every cent.
Every penny they get, whether from tour fees or donations, goes to the
care of these animals. The workers are all volunteers who spend a
tremendous amount of time, energy, and love providing the needed care for
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was interaction time.
We were actually allowed
in the cages with some of the smaller cats -
to touch and pet them.
This was a rare opportunity
I will never forget.
(Yes I look like crap,
but it was a long, hot day.)
|A few minutes to rest,
then we began Operant Conditioning. There are basically three commands
that are taught to the cats. 'Up' trains them to raise up high with
their paws on the bars so that the volunteers and vets can check their
bellies and paws. 'Down' teaches them to lay down. And 'Lock Out'
teaches them to go into the small cage attached to their enclosure so they
can be shut in while their habitats are cleaned.
|Next is Enrichment
Special treats are put in
paper bags and paper towel tubes.
This guy is waiting for
the lovely apple cinnamon rat suprise that I made for him.
||Late afternoon is feeding
time. In addition to fresh meat, they get a ground mixure of meat,
organ meat and bone to give them the full nutrition they need.
Yummy, raw chicken.
too soon it was time to go.
It was definitely the experience
of a lifetime.
Want to help? Visit
on Easy Street and send them a donation or adopt one of the animals.
And if you're ever in Tampa, make this one of your stops. It will
be an experience you'll never forget.
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