Charlie

silly cougar tongue

Species: Cougar
(Puma concolor)

Sex: Male, neutered
Born: May 27, 1998
Rescued: May 27, 2007
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge:
August 30, 2008

cougars are not pets

charlie the cougar

We rescued Charlie and his family from private owners who had asked us for three years to take their 6 cats since they had a desire to move out of state.
We kept denying them due to lack of space until we received an urgent call from the owners that their house had burned down and the cats were still on the premises unprotected and with no running water or electricity.

We agreed to take Charlie, his family, another cougar and a tiger so that they would be safe, and then try to place some of the cats at other facilities.
The only offer we received would have split up Charlie and his family, so we decided to keep them. Charlie had a difficult time adjusting to his new home and would snarl and hiss at anyone who passed his cage. When he snarled we immediately noticed that his front teeth were worn down and that his tongue was mangled.

Charlie had a history of seizures when he lived with his previous owners which would explain the mangled tongue. When he started experiencing violent, cluster grand mal seizures here at In-Sync, we ran some diagnostic testing and put him on anti-seizure medication.

Sadly, Charlie passed away August 30, 2008 due to complications from Idiopathic Epilepsy. Although veternarians were never able to determine the source of Charlie’s seizures, results from an MRI revealed that he suffered from post seizure brain damage and scarring which compromised his quality of life.
We miss him dearly, but we know that he’s at peace now.

charlie the cougar