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Zoo Mourns Death Of Blue, 9-Year-Old Cougar Whose Health Rapidly Declined

Stoneham, MA – A nine-year-old cougar at the Stone Zoo had to be euthanized on Friday because of a rapid decline in health. According to a press release from the zoo, Blue had been suffering from seizures for several months and the frequency of the seizures spiked.

The zoo explained:

But the frequency and severity of these seizures spiked over the last 24 hours and he was no longer responding to medication. Our animal care and veterinary teams made the heartbreaking decision to humanely euthanize him after they evaluated his rapidly declining health and poor prognosis for his quality of life.

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Blue arrived at the zoo in 2014 when he weighed just 5 pounds. He had been found alone in Idaho and it was determined that he would not survive on his own.

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“This is an incredibly sad day, and we appreciate everyone who is keeping our animal care team in their thoughts,” said John Linehan, Zoo New England President and CEO.

Cougars who live in the wild typically live between 8 and 13 years, while cougars living in captivity can live up to 20 years.

Rest easy Blue.

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