Not too long after Tallula arrived, his voracious appetite suddenly decreased. We ran some tests and determined that he had an intestinal blockage. We sedated him and performed surgery to remove a fist-sized amount of rubber and string from his stomach. When we rescued him, there was rubber matting in his tiny crate. Most likely, Tallula chewed and swallowed this rubber matting in his previous home. Although the stomach acids of a wild big cat are quite acidic, it is not acidic enough to digest the rubber and sting he had swallowed. The rubber in his stomach could have proven fatal and we are so thankful that we rescued him so that he could receive the treatment he desperately needed
Tallula recovered well from surgery and all the love, nutrition, and space to run and play that we have to offer has improved his condition beautifully. Tallula has grown into a gorgeous, healthy cougar who definitely has a mischievous side. He is super playful and has numerous toys that he loves to kick around his playground. While Tallula is still a bit shy around new people, he has warmed up to his keepers and the volunteers that care for him regularly and is very sweet to those he trusts. We are so happy this beautiful boy has a second chance at life with us.