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Female Cougar
DOB 3/1/91
Rescued 8/18/95

Died 10/22/15 at the old, old age of 24

Cougar-TobiShe is the perfect example of why it never works out to make a pet of a wild cat.  In her case there was a husband and wife who had lots of money, larger than usual cages and who fed their cats a decent diet.

But all in the same month the wife became pregnant and the husband discovered that he was terminally ill.  With two tigers and eight cougars as pets, where were they going to find forever homes for their animals?  We were able to take one tiger and all 8 cougars, but big rescues like that are very expensive and include taking on a lifetime commitment to the cats.  They did find another home for their male tiger, but good sanctuaries are all full and over flowing, so it is very rare that big cats can be rescued by places that don’t implode shortly thereafter.

Tobi is a very small and secretive cat, and is also very agile and active. She loves to hide in the palmetto of her cat-a-tat until a person has just passed and then rushes out to surprise them from behind. Tobi lives in an enclosure next to Hal, who is always vying for her attention.

You can read tributes to Tobi Cougar here:





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  1. There's a wild cougar that lives on about 500 acres of state land that butts up to my back yard. It was scary at first, but now I find myself wanting to protect it during hunting season. It's an amazing thing to see them living in the wild.

  2. it is sad that these Cats can not be released back into the wild , that is where they belong not in cages. But I "get it" they have had to much human exposure they would not last very long in the wild but it is where they belong, Keep doing good work and maybe we can bring back most of the big cats that on are on the brink of being gone for ever.

  3. Tobi is a beautiful cat. God bless you for taking such good care of her and all the other big cats you have. >^,,^<

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