By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A cougar that was kept as a pet in a Bronx home is now on its way to an animal sanctuary in Arkansas.

The Humane Society said the nearly 1-year-old female cougar was removed from the home Thursday. The animal weighs about 80 pounds.

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The Society said the owners recognized that a wild cat is not fit to live in any domestic environment and turned the cougar over to authorities.

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It was first taken to the Bronx Zoo, where veterinarians cared for it over the weekend.

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The NYPD said the case is under investigation.

CBSNewYork Team