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Puenktchen ohne Punkte by Kiara-Vestigium Puenktchen ohne Punkte by Kiara-Vestigium
Pünktchen is a name and means "tiny spots" in German. So the title says "Pünktchen without spots".

Pünktchen is a cougar or puma or whatever you want to call it. She lives at the Sanctuary for Predators and Exotic Animals (Raubtier- und Exotenasyl Wallersdorf e.V.) together with her brother Anton. They are now 15 years old. She's a pretty shy cougar due to the treatment she got in her first two years. A criminal held the siblings in a 8m2 small apartment until they were found by the police and passed on to the Shelter.
Cougars are a lot smaller than the tigers, they can be very dangerous non the less.

<Info about the Sanctuary for Predators and Exotic Animals:
Actually the only big cat sanctuary in Germany. Because what do you do when a circus doesn't want it's tigers anymore? Kill them? That's actually the way it usually goes. But since 1994 there has been a shelter for those cats in Wallersdorf (near Ansbach), Bavaria, Germany. All the animals there share a sad background story: Their owners couldn't care for them anymore or were criminals and imported their "pets" illegally. The authorities seized the animals and brought them here. They live a happy life with bigger cages than they were used to. Why not bring these animals to a zoo? Simple: Most of them (actually all who are there at the moment) are not pure bred. The zoos only want pure bred animals because they have the European Endangered Species Programme or EEP. Which is good program as such since they need pure breds to return them to the wild when (or even better before) they go extinct. So these animals find a new home at the Raubtier- und Exotenasyl Wallersdorf e.V. (Cats of prey and exotic animal shelter Wallersdorf). At the moment there are 6 tigers, 2 cougars, 1 Eurasian lynx, 1 Arctic fox, 1 red fox, 2 Japanese macaque [Macaca fuscata], 6 ferrets and some rabbits (nope they are usually not food for the tigers but animals which children can pet, unlike the tigers).
They are glad for any help they can get since they are a non-profit organization and finance themselves only through donations and sponsors. They even have open house every first Sunday a month - entry is free!

I did a 2-week internship there and was allowed to clean the cages, make food, feed the animals and do other stuff around the grounds. That's where I took the photos.

If you want to know more ask me or visit their website: [link] or their facebook page: [link]

Thank you!

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Explorer15 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Ich liebe es diese Großkatzen in der Wildnis zu sehen, wenn sie mit ihrem Muskulösem elegantem Körper ihrem Essen nachstellen, nichts cooler als das. 8DD

Und nichts Traurigeres als das Schicksal wie das von Pünktchen.
Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh das ist das beste! und wenn man schon keine großkatzen beim jagen beobachten kann, dann wenigstens die kleinen verwandten, die sind genauso elegant :)

:nod: da bleibt mir nichts anderes als zuzustimmen.
Explorer15 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
oh ja die mag ich auch sehr gerne.
Und ebenfalls! <3
da bleibt mir nichts anderes als zuzustimmen.
wickedphoenix93 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she's beautiful <3
Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :heart:
ChloeClik Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha wow she looks very well fed. :P great pic :D
Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
^^ she's not that ... hum ... well fed when she's walking. But you are right she looks like she has a little weight on the photo. Just think of it as muscles ;) (which actually most of that "fat" is)
ChloeClik Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha I understand, wow then I wouldn't like to run into her on a dark night although she is very beautiful. Are they quite tame there if they've been in circuses? Or vicious?
Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cougars are very hard to tame - now don't ask me why because I have absolutely no clue. It's just a fact. They usually don't attack humans, though, except you come too close or when they feel threatened e.g. when they have cubs. So as long as you keep your distance in the wild they're fine with it. I recently read that your survival chances after meeting a cougar are about 70% because they are relatively small compared to you or other bigger cats and don't attack that easily. And if they do you should (apparently - I never tried this out myself ^^) fight back with a stick or something like that. Try to hit it on its head. I have no idea if that piece of information I read was correct but it sounded reasonable.
Back to the tame/vicious part. I guess you can tame any animal if you raise them from cubhood on and get them used to your present or even attached to you. But of course a little risk always remains. I mean they are cats of prey after all.
Hope I didn't bore you and it was at least a little interesting.
ChloeClik Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
No that Wasn't boring at all. I adore learning new facts especially about animals. That's really Interesting. I never knew that. 70% sounds good survival chances, what is it for other big cats? Ok when walking in cougar country I'll take a stick. Yeah that's true, like Elsa in Born Free, or the lion cub from Harrods. So what's this cougar like? She's beautiful. :)
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