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Starving puma hunt “Place to Die” moves to animal rescue and finds help instead

In terms of the magic of animal rescue centers, it seems that the news has reached the wildlife world. We have heard many stories of creatures wandering around in animal shelters in need of help, and another one comes to us from Quilcene, WA.

But the feral cat in this story was so sick that it may have had different intentions when it found an empty kennel at Center Valley Animal Rescue.

Weak and near death, a young puma who was barely young found the kennel in Center Valley and curled up in the hay. When a zookeeper opened the pen, they were surprised to find the starving cat there, nothing but “skin, bones and organs”.

Sara Penhallegon, director of Center Valley Animal Rescue, said the cougar was likely “looking for a place to die.”

The staff wouldn’t let that happen though.

Center Valley Animal Rescue / Facebook

Rescue a cougar

In fact, at around 10 months old, the cougar was too young to be separated from its mother. Cougar teens usually don’t venture out on their own until they are 18 to 36 months old. Six weeks before the young cougar showed up in Center Valley, an adult female cougar was killed in Quilcene and is believed to be her mother. Which left this girl, a nearly adult cub, alone to fend for herself before she was ready.

“This was a cat that had not yet learned to hunt. There was no way to take care of yourself or to feed yourself, ”Sara explained. “When his mother died, it would have been a death sentence for this cat if she hadn’t found a rehabilitation center to check into!”

Underweight by 50 lbs. For a cat her age, the puma weighed only 34 pounds. She urgently needed help. The staff fed the wild girls’ chicken breasts and small animals to lure them away from the door of death.

Center Valley Animal Rescue / Facebook

The eager cat ate happily. And after ten days of meat and service, she had gained ten pounds! Then Sara got brave and calmed the cat down for a full exam. Tests showed “No signs of injury or poisoning, ”it said in an Instagram post.

But what do you do with a cougar who can’t take care of itself?

Rehoming a puma

The cougar got fat and felt better. Soon he destroyed the plastic track on the cage and acted like the wild cat it was born for. “It got lively and it hissed and growled at me every time I went over.”

“That was a very good sign.”

@ center_valley_animal_rescue / Instagram

But it was also a problem. How do you feed a puma who can’t hunt?

“I can’t just go out and catch deer and throw them into an enclosure [a cougar] and say ‘OK, kill the deer’ ”Sara said. “It’s just a really tough situation and they are big, total carnivores.”

So Center Valley contacted the Cameron Park Zoo, a natural habitat park in Texas. There the cougar has a new sister her age and a safe haven to be wild.

@ center_valley_animal_rescue / Instagram

Center Valley works with the goal of bringing animals back to the wild, but since the puma could not survive on its own, they gave it the next best option. “Of course our goal is to bring animals back to the wild, but the next best option is a really good captive housing with a great facility that can take care of their needs. And that’s exactly what we have for this one. “

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