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Collection: Marissa

Species: Cougar (Puma concolor)
DOB: June 30, 2016
Sex: Female
Arrival Date: September 30, 2016

Rescue Story: In 2016, the owner of a Colorado based cub petting and breeding operation was diagnosed with cancer, and could no longer run his
profitable business. Turpentine Creek acquired the 12-acre closed-down exhibition facility to enable our rescue of the 115 animals onsite. There, we
found big cats suffering in cramped cages with flimsy plywood dens that were dangerously exposed to public areas. Onsite records showed very little
history of veterinary care, but revealed that the owner had ties to Joe Exotic, and was breeding his big cats to supply other entities within the cub
petting and entertainment industries.

TCWR staff and interns spent six months both onsite caring for the animals, and in the relocation of every animal to accredited sanctuaries
throughout the nation. After 6 months, and many miles traveled, all animals were placed in forever homes for a second chance at life and 34 of those
animals came to Turpentine Creek. Marissa is one of those 34 animals.

More about Marissa: Marissa has a darker face than her sister Louisa, and is a little bigger. Both cougars were just cubs when we rescued them and
have since grown into large, agile cats. Marissa enjoys her days playing with enrichment toys, chasing one another, and reveling in their new forever
home at Turpentine Creek!
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