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Pregnant Cougar in Florida Escaped En Route to a Cesarean Section

Maybe the Florida c-section rate is so high because it includes wildlife.


From Fox News on May 3, 2009:

POINCIANA, Fla.— Wildlife officials are looking for a pregnant cougar that escaped into the woods in central Florida while being transferred to a cage.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the cougar escaped Saturday while being prepared for a trip to the veterinarian for a cesarean section.

Jungle Adventures in Christmas has a permit to own the cougar.

Officials say the cougar was born in captivity and is named Sierra. The cat’s front paws are declawed and it’s wearing a collar.


Perhaps the cougar just wanted a DBAC (Den Birth after Cesarean) and didn’t want to be coerced into a repeat c-section.


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Reader Comments (6)

That is awesome! I always thought it was strange that they do Cesareans on animals. They have the greatest birth reflexes of any animals, and they are assisted with their births?

I wish we could learn more from their natural and spontaneous births, instead of cutting them open like we do us.

May 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKayce

Me too! I have been wondering what's with all of the animal c-sections. My Google Alerts are always full of dog c-sections and such. I hope this whole trend is a blip on the evolutionary radar. May it pass soon.

May 23, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

Run, cougar, run!

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Romano

When I first read the title "Pregnant Cougar" I thought you meant a pregnant woman over 40. What is wrong with me? I had visions of a pregnant Demi Moore running down the street, with Ashton Kutcher close behind.............

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReality Rounds

LOL! I hate that expression but I thought about it, too. But wait... wouldn't Demi be chasing Ashton? ;) Isn't that how it works?

May 24, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

I hate the cougar expression too, especially since I am fast approaching cougar land myself :)

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReality Rounds
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