Sasha Cougar Safe at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Cougar Rescued from Bronx Doing Well at TCWR

Sasha, a pet cougar rescued from a Bronx home arrived at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas this week. The 80-pound 11-month-old mountain lion was brought to the Refuge after her previous owner contacted TCWR President, Tanya Smith. Through a joint effort between the sanctuary, the Bronx Zoo, the Humane Society of the United States, the NYPD, and the Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as thanks to full cooperation from the previous owner, Sasha is now safe at her forever home. Visually, Sasha appears to be in good health. She is fully-clawed and already very comfortable in her new environment.

Sasha underwent a full health exam a few days after arriving at the Refuge. Her test results looked great! Soon, she’ll be released into a grass habitat. In the mean time, she is under quarantine at the Jackson Memorial Veterinary Hospital until she receives her full vaccination panel. She enjoys making a mess of her enclosure each day- shredding enrichment faster than we can provide it. After observing her mess, it’s hard to believe she was kept in a home for so long!

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