Interestingly, I had no idea that a feline this size purred, or meowed , not until I heard it with my own ears. All I know about these big cats is what I’ve seen in countless documentary films and television specials and of course, my local zoo. Those of us that do have house cats as pets love the sound our feline friends make (purring) when they are happy and content. But if someone had told me that cougars actually do this too, well let’s just say that without hearing it for myself I would not have believed it.
The cougar, which is also commonly referred to as a puma, mountain lion or panther, is the second largest cat in North America. Unlike other big cats, however, the cougar cannot roar. Instead, the large feline purrs like a house cat.
The video below is what originally grabbed my attention, then I saw that it was a part of a animal sanctuary called: Big Cat Rescue. After visiting their website, before I knew it, I had spent a full hour going through it. I am truly impressed with the work that they do. It takes a special group of people to do this kind of work and so at the bottom of this article I will place their contact information so that you can send them donations (I’m sure they are tax-free).
Here is a little something about them from their website bigcatrescue.org :
Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats.We are home to about 80+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.What sets Big Cat Rescue apart is that we are working to end the abuse at its root by ending the private possession and trade in exotic cats through legislation and education.The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992.
General inquiries: Please email [email protected] or call 813.920.4130 We are located at 12802 Easy St. Tampa, FL 33625 but all visits must be reserved and prepaid here: https://bigcatrescue.org/tickets/