Freddie was about 2 lbs and 2 weeks old when we first saw him. He lay lifeless in a shoebox, barely breathing and nothing but skin and bones. A well-meaning Wylie couple had purchased Freddie for $1800 from a breeder.
However, since he was owned illegally, local vets wouldn’t treat him.
The couple brought him to In-Sync to see if we could help.
All we could have done was given him some fluids, but he really needed medical care.
We had heard that Freddie’s owners had moved out of the county but then received a phone call about 4 months later about a cougar that had been tied to a post in a Wylie backyard. Circumstances led us to believe it was Freddie.
Then on the morning of February 10, 2005, we noticed a man unloading a pet carrier on our driveway.
When we approached him, he said that he needed us to take Freddie because they were tired of moving to avoid the authorities and that animal control was coming out later that day to get Freddie. We housed Freddie in a temporary enclosure so that we could assess his health. We noticed he walked with a bad limp in his front leg and seemed slightly lethargic. X-rays revealed a broken leg and metabolic bone disease and stool samples revealed a parasite that was making him very ill.
With proper care and nutrition, Freddie is now a very happy and healthy cougar. His leg has healed and his bones are stronger. He loves jumping on his platforms and running around his enclosure playing with his toys, especially his ball in his tub of water. He’s very social and loves to entertain our guests and has won the hearts of many.