(Los Angeles) Los Angeles residents and animal lovers wept on Sunday.” Hollywood cat The famous puma that roamed the heights of Hollywood.
Wildlife officers said the elderly feline, who was about 11 years old, was euthanized on Saturday.
Officially named the “P-22”, it was immortalized in a famous National Geographic photo with the famous giant “Hollywood” sign on the hillside in the background.
At the beginning of December, agents had decided to arrest him for his unpredictable behaviour, possibly as a result of a car collision.
According to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, veterinarians determined he had injuries to his head and right eye and damage to internal organs.
The cougar was also ill with skinny kidneys and suffering from skin infections and arthritis.
“The most difficult but compassionate decision was to end his suffering and stress by ending his life,” the statement said, adding that the P-22 had had an “extraordinary life” and “won the hearts of Los Angeles residents and more.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom praised the “incredible life” of the famous big cat, which has “enthralled people all over the world.”
For his part, Adam Schiff, an MP from Los Angeles, said he was “heartbroken”.
“The P-22 was our favorite famous neighbor, occasional troublemaker, and beloved LA mascot,” he wrote on Twitter.
Griffith Park, a 23km natural enclave2 Where the animal supposedly lived for a decade, surrounded by highways and urban sprawl.
Experts were impressed by the epic journey of the P-22, which had to cross two major Los Angeles freeways to get to the park in 2012.
In a report on the animal, the National Park Service lamented that Griffith Park was too small to house another mountain lion and that (P-22) was “unlikely to find love.”
The big “Hollywood cat” has been known to appear numerous times in public, on video or in the flesh.
The Facebook page, created in his honor, has more than 20,000 subscribers.
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