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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Moscow Zoo gets its first puma in decades


A three-year old puma male has been brought to the Moscow Zoo from Veliky Ustyug. After a required quarantine period, the animal was transferred to the enclosure that had been previously occupied by an aged leopard female, the Zoo’s press service reports.

The puma feels well and has a good appetite.

The Moscow Zoo hasn’t had pumas for about 40 years.

Pumas, also known as cougars or mountain lions, are found in North and South America and are the heaviest American wild cats after jaguars. Some species are 180 cm in length and weigh up to 100 kg. Pumas have thick short fur of plain coloring typically gray-brown or yellow-brown with black markings on their faces and a long tale with a black tip.

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