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A 10 month-old cougar named Takoda opens Christmas gifts filled with play toys and pine cones December 19, 2007 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. Three 10 month-old cougars received gifts to celebrate their first Christmas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The other day, I saw a man walking an Australian Shepherd puppy on Hawthorne Lane in Plaza Midwood. When the man and his dog went inside an apartment building, I just shook my head. That Aussie will get bigger and it will need room to run. I know from experience.

Not all animals are suited to apartment living. Least of all, wild animals. The Associated Press reports that an 80-pound cougar was removed from a New York City apartment where she was being kept illegally as a pet.

Fortunately, this story ended well. Sasha’s owners recognized that their apartment was not the right environment for a wild cougar. Seeing the error in their ways, the owners of the 11-month-old female cougar, nicknamed Sasha, surrendered the animal on Thursday, August 26th.

Humane Society officials said Sasha spent the weekend at the Bronx Zoo where she received veterinary care. The big cat is now headed to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas.

Why anyone would think it would be a good idea to keep a cougar as a pet, especially in a New York city apartment, is beyond me. The only thing that comes to my mind is the last line in the clip below from Ghostbusters. Maybe these folks are just big fans.