Heartwarming moment a two-month-old puma is bottle-fed as Colombia veterinarians nurse the sick former house pet to health
- Video shared on Twitter by the Valle de Aburrá Metropolitan Office in Medellín, Colombia, captured the recovery process of a two-month-old puma
- The animal was turned over to wildlife authorities this week by a family that had been in possession of the female cat after it was gifted to them by a friend
- She weighed just 1.7 pounds and had developed secretions in her eyes. The puma also had problems with her digestion and breathing
- Doctors say her ‘health problems will require major intervention’
This is the heartwarming moment a two-month-old puma was bottle-fed after a family decided it was only right to turn her over to wildlife authorities in Colombia.
According to the Valle de Aburrá Metropolitan Office, the baby puma had been gifted to the family in the western part of Medellin shortly after she had been born.
A series of videos released on Twitter on Wednesday showed the puma’s delicate condition as she struggled to walk.
Additional footage captured the tiny cat letting out a growl as she was being injected by a veterinarian.
A two-month-old puma is fed in Colombia after a family in Medellín turned her over to wildlife authorities just days after a friend had gifted them a new pet. The Valle de Aburrá Metropolitan Office said in a statement that the cat weighed only 1.7 pounds and had developed secretions in her eyes. She also encountered problems breathing and had digestive issues
Colombian officials say the brown-eyed puma presented a tame demeanor, which could pose an issue during her recovery and rehabilitation
The two-month-old had problems walking due to an abnormality that the veterinarians discovered in her hind legs
The family acknowledged that they had been in possession of the puma for just two days after she had been delivered by a friend from the Orinoquía natural region, one of the Andean nation’s five natural regions.
On Tuesday, agents from the Environmental and Ecological Police transferred the animal to the Center of Attention and Valuation of Wild Fauna, the Valle de Aburrá Metropolitan Office said in a statement.
The tiny cat weighed only 1.7 pounds and had developed secretions in her eyes. She also encountered problems breathing and had digestive issues.
A veterinarian applies medicine to the small puma after she was dropped off at the Center of Attention and Valuation of Wild Fauna in Medellín
A two-month-old puma lets out a growl as she is injected with medicine in Colombia. The wild animal had been gifted earlier this week to a family in Medellín before they contacted Environmental and Ecological Police and volunteered to turn her over
Elbert Ramos Espitia, coordinator for the Center of Attention and Valuation of Wild Fauna in Medellín, Colombia, said the puma’s health problems ‘require major intervention’ from the staff
The brown-eyed puma presented a tame demeanor, which in the end could pose as an obstacle in her recovery and rehabilitation.
Veterinarians at the clinic also found the cat had developed a deformity in her hind legs, which prohibited her from walking normally.
‘Her health problems will require major intervention, which makes it even more difficult to eliminate the link with human beings, something that is necessary for this puma to return to the wild,’ said Elbert Ramos Espitia, coordinator for the Center of Attention and Valuation of Wild Fauna.
The puma is expected to undergo several more tests in the coming days as the site will look to apply additional medical treatments and draw up a biological and nutritional assessment in hope that she will recover and continue to grow.
A two-month-old puma is fed milk as veterinarians in Colombia work to rehabilitate her and reintroduce her to the wild