Sasha, an 11-month old female cougar posing as a house cat, was rescued last week from a Bronx apartment. The 80 pound wild cougar is now starting a new life in an Arkansas animal sanctuary.
The New York Times reports that the rescue was a combined effort of the Bronx Zoo, the New York Police Department, the Humane Society and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The cougar received care at the Bronx Zoo before her trip to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs. After being examined, no injuries or illnesses were found.
The commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation reminded New Yorkers that wildlife such as cougars should not be kept as pets. Sasha’s owner was present during the animal’s removal. The case remains under investigation and there is no further information at this time.