Woman Cares For Abandoned Kitten, Turns Out To Be A Baby Puma Jaguarundi

Florencia Lobo, and her brother, came across what appeared to be two kittens next to a dead adult cat near Santa Rosa de Leales, in Tucuman province, Argentina. 

The siblings decided to take the two kittens home with them, in order to give them the best chance at survival. Sadly, one of the kittens, a female, was simply too weak and didn't survive. The other kitten, a male, was seemingly stronger and was in good health. Lobo named him Tito. At the two-month mark, Lobo decided to bring Tito into the vet for a routine check-up.

Turns out, the cat she's been snuggling up to for that past two months was no ordinary cat. 

In an interview with Rueters, Florencia Lobo said, "We thought that it was an abandoned cat who had given birth. The vet didn't know what it was but said it was not a normal cat and gave me the number of the reserve." 

Lobo contacted the Horco Molle nature reserve, who then confirmed that her kitten she's been nursing was in fact a Puma Jaguarundi. Puma jaguarundi is a small wildcat native to American territories from Arizona to Argentina. 

Tito is now being cared for at the reserve and will be returned to his natural habitat when fully prepared to make the transition. 

Story via Rueters

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