The Pocatello Zoo's cougar cub still has no name. Do to requirements not being met during March's eBay naming rights auction the Pocatello Zoo has decided to include a live naming rights auction for the cougar cub during the very popular Midsummer's Night for the Zoo event July 14, 2012. You still have a chance to name the cub! All proceeds will go to help complete the new Grizzly Exhibit and double the existing Cougar Exhibit space.
ABOUT THE CUB
Pocatello Zoo has a new cougar cub, whose mother was shot in Bridger National Park, Montana. He was taken to Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, where he was bottle fed and reared until he could be placed in a new captive home. His birth was estimated to have been about mid-October, and he now weighs about 20 pounds. At 4 months old he was delivered by his care givers from the Montana Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Helena to the Pocatello Zoo, where he is being very gradually introduced to the Zoo's female mountain lion, Missy. Missy was also an orphan and brought to the Zoo by Idaho Fish and Game 5 years ago. Her 18 year old male companion, Scrooge, died of old age 3 years ago, and the Zoo had been waiting for another male to provide her with a new companion and playmate.
The cub is full of pep and vigor and very playful with the Zookeepers. He is able to be safely handled and exercised by the keepers now, however, within a couple of months, when he is larger, the zookeepers will stop going in with him and let him live out the rest of his life naturally, in the mountain lion exhibit with Missy. As with all the animals in the Zoo, he has become an ambassador for those in the wild.