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Catty Shack cougar, 16, passes away

Rest in peace, Valeria.

The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary has announced its 16-year-old cougar, Valeria, passed away on Tuesday. 

The ranch said that "Val" passed away from age-related issues.

"Always a lady, she passed last night laying in her favorite spot with her front legs crossed," Catty Shack said.

Val often welcomed volunteers and guests with her chirps and squeaks, and sometimes even with her purrs.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful cougar, Valeria. Always a lady, she passed last...

Posted by Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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