The Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, Calif., is sad to report the death of our resident mountain lion this past Saturday, October 18. She was 17 years old.
The cat was five years old when she was confiscated from an abusive home in Nevada where she had been found starving and tethered to a 23-foot chain. In 1997 she was transferred from Wild About Cats, a big cat rescue organization, to Lindsay Wildlife Museum and has been a wonderful ambassador for her species for the past 11 years.
Over the past year, the mountain lion had been showing signs of aging. She had degenerative changes in her spine (similar to human arthritis), progressive weakness in her hindquarters and a series of medical problems.
The cat had been receiving medications to alleviate discomfort associated with these issues. Recently her keepers noted a lack of appetite and an excessive intake of water. The cat was examined by the museum’s veterinarian on Saturday and it was determined that her kidneys were failing. As she was 17 years old (in the wild mountain lions live 10-15 years), it was decided that the most humane treatment was euthanasia.
The museum wishes to thank all the people who admired this beautiful animal over the years. Thanks to community support, the cat was able to live out her long life in comfort.
Sherrill Cook, Director, External Affairs
She was a very special big cat and because of her, many young people (and adults!) have learned a lot of positive things about mountain lions over the last 11 years.
With the economy down in the dumps right now, I know things are pretty tough for non-profit organizations like the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
For those who care about the wonderful things you do, I think it would be most appropriate to make a tax-deductible donation to the museum in honor of that big beautiful cat. Thanks for caring. /Gary