Raven and her sister Rouge arrived together at a wildlife facility in Van, TX after living together in the house of a private owner. We don’t know how old they were when they arrived but think they were between 2 and 5 years old. After arriving in Van the sisters were separated and lived alone for the next 10 to 12 years.
We also don’t know what their names were before getting to Van and they didn’t have names when we first met them. Both Raven and Rouge have had their tails docked for some reason, and had been declawed on all four feet.
When we brought Raven home we immediately put the two sisters together. Although they didn’t actually snuggle you could tell they were going to get along just fine. Raven was a little shy and checked things out slowly and carefully, unlike her sister. There is also a male cougar we rescued at the same time and introduced him to Raven and Rouge, we named him Riddick. While Rouge took favorably to Riddick, Raven took comfort in the huge den and being by herself. Raven did learn to play and loved spending time in the grass. Sadly we didn’t have a lot of time to get to know Raven.
After Raven had been here 3 months we learned without a doubt that she was not spayed. When she came into heat she would scream so loud that you could hear her a mile away. Raven would scream like this for 24 hours a day for 3 weeks. As soon as we could, we took Raven in to have her spayed. About one month after the surgery Raven surprisingly passed away. We had made night time rounds at 11:00pm to make sure everyone was tucked in and Raven was doing great. When we came in the next morning we found Raven laying in the grass. She passed away from a bacterial endocarditis. (the animal version of a heart attack)
Even though we didn’t get to spend as much time with Raven as we had hoped, we know that she did not pass away alone, unloved or uncared for. Raven got to feel grass under her, she got to kick around a ball and she knew what it was like to be able to get up high and relax. And we got to give that to her.