Wild creatures are entitled to a normal life. To put it another way, they should be allowed to dwell in the wild, where they belong. They may confront risks and dangers, yet they are able to live in harmony with their natural state. That is how majestic animals should live. Unfortunately, some people do not understand this on purpose. They confine wild animals in cages and abuse them physically and psychologically. They tame them and transform them into domestic animals for sinister commercial objectives.
Mickey the cougar is the subject of this case. For years, the wretched wild cat was imprisoned in the dreadful backyard of an Alabama zoo. As a result, he gradually loses his desire to live. Fortunately, the Big Cat Rescue team came across him and saved him from that horrible situation.
When the rescue team arrived to save the cougar, they realized that the zoo did not have a license. In 2006, the USDA revoked its license. They later discovered that the zoo’s owner was feeding exotic cats to domestic canines. That is inhumane to wild animals!
Mickey was promptly dispatched to the Tampa-based rescue group. The poor cougar was in excruciating physical and mental suffering. He was malnourished, with decaying teeth and weak legs. Veterinary examinations revealed that his legs had torn ACLs, causing him to be unable to stand.
The worst was yet to come: the specialists discovered that the cougar’s knees had been completely destroyed, with no ligaments or cartilage remaining. When the crew realized what Mickey had gone through, it broke their hearts.
Mickey, on the other hand, was not abandoned by rescuers. They collaborated with doctors to customize Mickey’s operations. They were all hoping for a second chance at life for the sad animals. Mickey’s knee was stabilized with prosthetic ligaments, and physical therapy helped him regain his ability to walk.
“He’ll never walk correctly, but he’s doing really well and can get around independently,” one of the physicians stated. “We’re overjoyed to be able to provide him with a forever home.”
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