Great Cats of Indiana
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The owner of this farm rescues large abused cats that he's found in places such as people's basements, brings them back to health, and gives them a home. You will find lions, mostly tigers, leopards, cheetahs, they have a bear, and a few other animals that someone thought they could raise on their own, and found out it got out of hand.
When I got there I parked under a tree, it was very hot that day. There was a house next to the parking lot, and in the yard was this pregnant grey and white cat. She was rather friendly, and came over for me to pet. So I pet the cat, and to my surprise, she jumped through the window into my car! I didn't know how long she was going to be in there, hopefully not to give birth, so I tried rolling down all the other windows so it wouldn't get too hot, but me opening and closing the doors scared her out.
The tigers liked sitting in wading pools of water, but the other cats wouldn't do it. It was just after feeding time, they all recieved one dead pig to eat. You learn a lot about the animals while you're there, but even though they have been taken from abusive homes, there is very litle room for them at the farm. The barns are run down and not nearly large enough for so many large cats that are meant for big spaces. There were three tigers in what looked like a giant bird cage and the others didn't have any more space. So even though they have been brought back to health, the facilities are far from adequate. The owner said that he recieved federal aid until 9-11, when that money stopped and went to national security. I didn't get to ask him if he ever sold his cats to zoos, since there are some people who are convinced that a zoo is worse for animals, but I'm sure they have better facilities. He has no space and just too many cats, like 25! So if you own a zoo and have a place for a large cat rescued from an abusive home, you should give them a call.