As a new year begins in 2016, so does a new life for two more orphaned cougar kittens that have arrived at The Wildcat Sanctuary. Tragically, their mother was apparently killed by a Washington property owner on January 4th after she attacked a goat.IMG_2521E

We’ve agreed to accommodate up to 6 total kittens that can be introduced to each other into a free-roaming habitat. We rescued 5 wild cougar kittens – Carlo, Donoma, Langley, Andre, and Noah – years ago and they’ve grown up happily together here at TWS. We hope these kittens will all form a strong bond, too.

We’re happy we can make a difference in the lives of these kittens. And we know their lives matter to you, too!

Blaze has now gone through his intake exam and has been neutered, since we do not allow breeding. He weighed 35 pounds, and is much bigger than his smaller brother Aspen who only weighed 25 pounds. Already Blaze is asserting himself as the more dominant of the two. He was also the kitten it took wildlife officers four extra days to trap.

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Read the unique way Blaze got his name HERE.
You can watch a video of Blaze’s arrival and first days in quarantine here: 

UPDATE  August 2016

Introducing brother and sister Snow and Storm to brothers Aspen and Blaze so they could form a new family unit has gone very well. They’re all living together and their individual personalities are really blossoming, thanks to the patient positive behavioral techniques our caretakers have used to help them learn to trust humans after such a tragic start in life.DSC_0032blaze_LR

Blaze is the boldest and most dominant of the group. He’ll approach to check out what caretakers are up to and loves scents, toys, and ripping up grass to toss about. His brother Aspen, though, is the least dominant. He enjoys hanging out on the high platform in their habitat with Snow, the only girl of the group. Storm’s been seen pushing Blaze out of the way for a favorite toy he might like and loves rolling in the scents we sprinkle about their habitat. Snow usually hangs back to let the rowdy boys eat first and shows impeccable manners.

Seeing them playfully chasing each other, enjoying toys and enrichment is such a positive sign. They’re finally feeling this is home and they’re safe. We look forward to watching them grow into strong, healthy, confident cougars – just as their mothers would have wanted.

Read THE DODO’s updated coverage of the 4 orphaned cougars’ rescue – Cougar Brother And Sister Form A New Family With Two Other Orphans