Carlo arrived with his siblings Langley and Noah in 2009. Sadly, there were five very young siblings whose mother had been shot by a bow hunter in Wyoming. When the hunter got too close to the cougar den where they were living, he was confronted by an adult female. He killed her in self-defense.
Moments later, the hunter heard the cubs and realized why this cougar had been so defensive. Thankfully, he did the right thing by bringing the cubs to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
They determined the cubs could not be rehabilitated or released. We agreed to take in three females from this orphaned group while another facility would take in the two males.
Instead, we were surprised to learn we’d received two males and one female. Such is rescue, you have to stay flexible and deal with circumstances you can’t predict.
These three cubs were named by supporters through a special auction held during our annual Jungle Boogie gala – female Langley and males Noah and Carlo.
Cubs Growing Up
We were able to successfully merge Langley, Noah and Carlo with two other orphaned cougar cubs, Andre (from British Columbia) and Donoma (from Montana). They live in one of our largest habitats where they have tons of room to roam.
From the time he was little, Carlo’s had an obsession with balls. Every afternoon, he can be seen (and heard!) chasing his favorite ball around his habitat. Summer, winter, spring or fall, it’s great exercise for him. He can even carry the ball with his two front legs, dumping it in his pool or carrying it up on his platforms. He’s become an amazing soccer playing cougar!
How You Can Help
Rescuing orphaned wild cats is such an expensive commitment since it means 20+ years of care. That’s why our sponsorship program is so important. It helps provide the best life possible for those we’re able to rescue.
Thank you for considering becoming Carlo’s sponsor parent, or even giving a one time donation toward his care. It makes such a difference for him!