How Sasha the Cougar Was Rescued From a Bronx Residence

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An 11-month previous, 80-pound wild cougar was eradicated from a Bronx apartment and despatched to Arkansas to begin a new daily life in an animal sanctuary, the authorities announced Monday.

The woman cougar, named Sasha, was rescued final week via a joint energy of the Bronx Zoo, the New York Police Section, the Humane Culture of the United States and the New York Point out Office of Environmental Conservation. The animal was examined at the Bronx Zoo over the weekend right before being despatched to the Turpentine Creek sanctuary for lifelong treatment.

In accordance to a police spokesman, Sasha’s owner was current during the animal’s removing, and the circumstance continues to be below investigation. No even more information about the owner was straight away obtainable.

“This cougar is relatively lucky that her house owners acknowledged a wild cat is not healthy to are living in an condominium or any domestic setting,” Kelly Donithan, director of animal catastrophe response for the Humane Society, explained in a assertion. “The owner’s tears and nervous chirps from the cougar as we drove her absent painfully drives residence the quite a few victims of this horrendous trade and fantasy that wild animals belong everywhere but the wild.”

No ailments or accidents were identified throughout the health-related test, said Emily McCormack, animal curator for Turpentine Creek. A full exam will be performed at the time Sasha comes at the Arkansas sanctuary.


The Times’s Michiko Kakutani writes:

In 1960, although working as an artist and graphic designer, and some years right before the Rolling Stones have been born, Charlie Watts started work on “Ode to a Large-Traveling Bird,” a fascinating children’s guide about his hero, the jazz wonderful Charlie Parker. The book showcased charming drawings of a hen named Charlie who recognized he did not seem like most of the other birds, and who left household to fly to New York Metropolis, where he performed “from his heart” and built a new nest for himself in “Birdland.”

Charlie Parker manufactured a 14-12 months-outdated Charlie Watts desire the difficult dream of viewing New York and playing at a jazz club. And even though he thought at the time that “the only way to get to New York was in a band on a cruise ship,” he would in fact get there in 1964 with the Rolling Stones. Although Keith Richards and Mick Jagger hung out at the Apollo, in which James Brown was accomplishing five — five! — demonstrates a working day, Mr. Watts expended his free time haunting the jazz golf equipment he’d dreamed about as a boy: He saw Charles Mingus at Birdland, Gene Krupa at the Metropole, and Sonny Rollins, Earl Hines and Miles Davis.

Numerous many years afterwards, Mr. Watts would realize his jazz dreams, when he brought his jazz combo to play at the Blue Note, but his day career for pretty much six a long time, of system, was with the Rolling Stones. He was their indispensable drummer, whose unfastened, jazz-inflected participating in and improvisational ardor have been the not-so-solution sauce that assisted make the Stones this kind of a singular and enduring band.

“Everybody thinks Mick and Keith are the Rolling Stones,” Mr. Richards at the time observed. “If Charlie was not performing what he’s executing on drums, that would not be true at all. You’d find out that Charlie Watts is the Stones.” Charlie Watts, Mr. Richards added in his 2010 memoir, “Life,” “has often been the mattress that I lie on musically.”

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Pricey Diary:

It was 1985, and I was starting off the graduate acting application at New York College — a pretty major offer, especially for a rube like me from Indianola, Iowa.

After an $85 taxi journey from La Guardia — what can I say? I was an easy mark — I arrived at graduate scholar housing on East 26th Street amongst 1st and Next Avenues.

My assigned roommate was Mark, an M.B.A. pupil from New Jersey who spent most of his time couch-potato-ing. I before long switched so that I could home with my classmate Meghan.

Meg was also a rube, from Hayward, Calif. We decided to master the metropolis by “walking the greens.” We would set out from East 26th Road and cross streets only exactly where the inexperienced lights permitted. It did not make a difference which direction, as prolonged as there was a eco-friendly light.

A person working day we identified ourselves at East 79th Avenue and Fifth Avenue. We walked into the Fulfilled and our lives were being changed without end.

— Tim Thomas

Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Go through more Metropolitan Diary right here.


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