An 80-pound cougar being kept as a pet was safely removed from a New York City home, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said this week.
Eleven-month-old Sasha was taken to the Bronx Zoo after the removal on Thursday, August 26, where she received treatment before being sent to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, in Arkansas, for “lifelong care”.
The Humane Society of the United States, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the NYPD, and the owner were all present during the operation.
Kelly Donithan, director of animal disaster response for the Humane Society, said, “The owner’s tears and nervous chirps from the cougar as we drove her away painfully drives home the many victims of this horrendous trade and myth that wild animals belong anywhere but the wild.”
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F Shea said, “The case is currently under investigation and no further information is available at this time.”
This video, shared by the WCS, shows Sasha in the care of the Bronx Zoo before she was sent to the Arkansas refuge. Credit: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) via Storyful