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iN VIDEO: How the B.C Wildlife Park in Kamloops earned the trust of a cougar

Training a cougar at B.C. Wildlife Park to get medical attention.
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March 02, 2021 - 6:00 AM

Medical care of a housecat can be complicated enough.

But as you might expect, taking care of a cougar can involve some extra steps, as you'll see in a video posted by BC Wildlife Park. 

The video shows zoo officials working to build trust with the big cat to gain its voluntary participation in a blood draw from its tail.

It's a process that's been ongoing for months, according to a Facebook post.

But due to the small tail vein, the position of his tail in his training area, and the thick amount of fur he has, his health care team must shave some of his tail fur and use a Doppler ultrasound to help find a suitable vein.

Park officials say blood from household cats is withdrawn from the jugular vein in their neck, or a vein in their leg; however, that isn’t possible with a cougar unless they’re sedated.

You can watch the video which is posted below.



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