Tuesday, February 24, 2015


If you follow me on FB or Twitter, you saw my post on this video by BigCatDerek.  He's dancing to 'Uptown Funk' by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.  With a few big cats in the background.  Check it out.

Who exactly is BigCatDerek?  Just my favorite YouTuber/Viner, ever.  I will admit, I've never been a real fan of watching YouTube videos or Vine.  (I'm weird like that.)  But one day I came across a vine that BigCatDerek did and I've been hooked to his webcasts ever since.

BigCatDerek (or Derek Krahn) and his wife run and great organization called Care Rescue in Bridgeport, Texas.  C.A.R.E. (Center for Animal Research and Education) is primarily a big cat rescue for snow leopards, mountain lions, African lions, tigers, black and spotted leopards.  It is also home to some ring-tail lemurs, a coati, a super adorable 3-legged llama, some house meows, and dogs.  (Oh and some humans live there, too.  Not nearly as important.)  C.A.R.E. started out as a place where people could board their big cats.  (Which why anyone would think a tiger would make a good pet is beyond me.  Common sense, folks!)  It soon became a rescue for these animals who came from all different circumstances.  C.A.R.E. provides a safe, loving environment for these animals to live.  It truly is amazing the work they do.

Mwali.  Saying, 'WHERE IS MY HAIR GEL!!!'


Dahlia.  The fastest 3 legged llama in all the world!!!!!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, #BigCatDerek posts a #WATC (Walk Around the Compound) video to his YouTube channel.  I love Derek's sense of humor and how the cats react to him.  On a side note, NO one enters the areas with the big cats in them.  No petting, cuddling, kissing, hugging allowed.  Absolutely not.  While the cats may appear harmless and absolutely adorable, they can turn into a killing machine in an instance.  And again goes back to that ole common sense.  The only 'big' cats they are ever around are the beebees (baby lion cubs) or the teegees (baby tiger cubs). 

Zuberi the lion cub.  Don't die from cuteness.

One of the newest residents, a teegee, Slade.  Sorry.  I know your computer just crashed from cuteness.
I've been following along now for probably 4-5 months.  The videos and Derek's jokes never get old.  I have learned so much about big cats and never realized how much I really like them.  (Oh goodness.  Crazy cat lady alert!)

Flash laying in his empty pumpkin bobbing pool.

All photos are 110% taken from Derek's instagram page.  If Indiana and Texas weren't so far apart, I could take my own darn pics.  So for a look more into Derek, C.A.R.E., and the big cats, check out his social media sites below.  If you are ever in the Bridgeport Texas area, go take a tour for me!

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