WOMAN DISCOVERS PET KITTEN SHE RESCUED IS ACTUALLY A PUMA

 

That is exactly what happened to one woman in Argentina after she took her “kitten” to the veterinarian. Florencia Lobo explained to Reuters that the mix up occurred when she was in the northwest Argentinian province of Tucumán with her brother. The pair had made the sad discovery of two kittens beside a deceased adult cat.

“We thought that it was an abandoned cat who had given birth,” she told Reuters. Florencia also noted that the female kitten didn’t survive, but the male kitten – who she named Tito – did. Florencia added that the vet’s office gave her the number of a local nature reserve.

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Following her getting in touch with the Horco Molle Nature Reserve, it was confirmed that Tito was in fact, a jaguarundi. Jaguarundis are actually a small type of wild cat who are native to both North and South America.

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Their full scientific name is Puma Yagouaroundi. And while their name sounds large and impressive, they’re actually just slightly larger than your average housecat. As reported by the Texas Parks & Wildlife’s website, jaguarundis will normally weight between 8-16 pounds.

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But there is a happy ending for Tito. As Reuters informs us, Tito is doing well under the care of the nature reserve, and there are plans to someday release him back into his natural habitat.