CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The Chattanooga Zoo announced Wednesday that Coby the Cougar died.
Coby passed away suddenly Tuesday evening from yet unknown causes.
The Zoo is currently awaiting necropsy
results from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Preliminary findings will be forthcoming.
Coby was given to the Chattanooga Zoo in 2003 from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource
Agency (TWRA), the result of a confiscation from an unlicensed pet owner. In 2005, the
Zoo built Coby and his rescue partner, Mia Mia, the Cougar Express exhibit. Oftentimes,
Coby would allow Zoo visitors an "up close and personal" look by jumping in the glassed in
crate built into the actual caboose exhibit.