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Rescued Puma resting comfortably at Santiago’s National Zoo

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 5, 2019 12:20

Rescued Puma resting comfortably at Santiago’s National Zoo

The wild puma rescued from a treetop in a Santiago neighbourhood was resting comfortably at the National Zoo on Friday  after a dramatic ordeal to get it down safely from the 15-metre pine.

Zoo workers had to shoot the young, male puma with a second dart after the first one barely missed his hindquarters.

Montalba was on the scene during the rescue operation that slowed the newly-constructed neighbourhood to a crawl.

The puma slipped from the very top of the tree once the sedatives started to work but landed on a cluster of branches.

Workers had to cut the branches so the big cat would fall the rest of the way onto mattresses that were set up.

On Thursday, the puma could be seen in the tree where he became stuck after being spooked by barking dogs.The area has recently seen the construction of more homes along the foothills as well as the mountainside.

Montalba explained that it is the humans who encroaching the animal’s habitat and warned that sightings of wildlife will only increase.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 5, 2019 12:20