GLOCESTER — A Florida-based animal sanctuary quietly took possession of a 200-pound pet mountain lion from a home in a rural section of Chepachet Thursday morning.
Much to the surprise of neighbors, Narla the mountain lion had been living in a large chain-link pen on the ample grounds of 47 Whipple Road for at least 12 years. The owner of the dwelling, identified by a police dispatcher as Marilyn Loppi, decided she could no longer care for the big cat recently following the death of her husband, Robert, last year.
Along with a crew from the cable TV station Animal Planet, staffers from the educational sanctuary Big Cat Rescue took possession of the tawny-colored mountain lion before 8 a.m. A non-profit cat refuge in Tampa, Fla., Big Cat Rescue is home to the largest collection of exotic cat species in the world, from lions and tigers to ocelots to jaguars. The organization is devot
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