A Collier County veterinarian cares for a sick cougar
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
CREATED Aug. 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 15, 2012
NAPLES, Fla. - An 84-year-old lady in Clewiston kept a full grown cougar as a house pet! She found herself in over her head and that's when the Shy Wolf Sanctuary rescued the animal.
"That's my sweetie pie. She purrs constantly. She just wouldn't get up," said Nancy Smith.
Wildlife owner Nancy Smith can see the pain in her cat's eyes. The 14-year-old cougar named Glory is now sick and under a vet's care.
"I'm very emotional when it comes to the animals. I had to come and see how she's doing," said Smith.
With a steady hand, a nurse pumps the wild cat with antibiotics. The cougar isn't sedated, but is calm. It's an obvious sign she isn't feeling well.
"When we got her results yesterday there was definitely evidence of an infection and a severe urinary tract infection," said Dr. Randy Eisel, Veterinarian at Animalife Veterinary Center.
The cat is also suffering from kidney problems.
"It breaks your heart. It really does," said Smith.
Nancy runs the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Golden Gate Estates where she cares for Glory. She rescued the cat from Clewiston.
"We just got her in March. She belonged to a lady 84 years old couldn't care for her anymore," said Smith.
Now the sanctuary needs some rescuing of its own. Collier County Code Enforcement told Nancy, this is a residential neighborhood and the public isn't allowed. This means donations have slowed down making it a struggle financially.
"We needs to get dollars to be able to pay the vet care," said Smith.
Now Nancy hopes others will find it in their heart to care for animals the way she does.
"We'll keep on trucking. That's all we can do," said Smith.
Animalife Veterinary Center does offer the sanctuary vet care at a discount.
If you are interested in making a donation to help the animals at the sanctuary please visit www.shywolfsanctuary.com
or call (239) 455-1698.