TRENDING Puma freed into the wild after dramatic rescue

TRENDING

Puma freed into the wild after dramatic rescue

AP

14:25, January 11, 2019

A puma that escaped from the Chilean national zoo earlier in January was released into the wild on Thursday.

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On January 3, the male cat was rescued by a team of firefighters and veterinarians after being trapped in a tree in a residential area in the Chilean capital Santiago.

The puma spent over 15 hours trapped on a tree branch.

Local media reported that residents in the area had to be evacuated.

After being sedated with tranquilizer darts, the feline fell from the tree branch onto mattresses arranged under the tree and was then taken for a medical checkup.

Now it's been released into the wild in the Andean Mountains of Chile.

Local media reported that the puma was fitted with a collar equipped with a tracking device in order to prevent it from returning to a residential area and to monitor its health.  

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