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Tue Aug 31, 2021, 12:27 PM

Baby cougar rescued from New York City apartment

An 11-month-old cougar was removed from a New York City apartment where it was being illegally kept as a pet, animal welfare officials said.

The owners of the 79lb (36kg) female surrendered the animal last Thursday, said Kelly Donithan, director of animal disaster response for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The cougar, named Sasha, was taken to the Bronx Zoo for veterinary treatment. On Monday, officials transported it to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, where it will receive lifelong care.

HSUS coordinated the removal with zoo officials, New York police and the New York state department of environmental conservation. The New York police commissioner, Dermot Shea, said the case was under investigation.

Donithan was on scene with the cougar and facilitated transport.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/31/baby-cougar-rescued-from-new-york-city-apartment

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