Sassy the cougar passes away at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa

Source: Big Cat Rescue.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A cougar at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, the rescue announced.

The cougar, named Sassy Cougar, came to Big Cat Rescue last October from Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in South Dakota. Sassy was one of the two cougars who were rescued from the sanctuary. Four Bobcats were also part of the rescue.

Big Cat Rescue believes Sassy was at least 18 years old.

Earlier this month, a dental team performed root canals on Sassy. The rescue says she was having nose bleeds that they hoped would end after her teeth her fixed, but they did not. In a post, the rescue also said they feared she might have a brain or nasal tumor.

Big Cat Rescue has not said what they believe led to her death.

You can read more about Sassy and leave a tribute to her on the Big Cat Rescue website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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