Missing lynx saga has happy ending | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Missing lynx saga has happy ending

Emily Aughinbaugh

A two-year-old lynx that was found wandering around Kingsbury Grade in November is now resting comfortably with its family in Florida.

The owner of the lynx, Michael Benjamin, retrieved his big cat Sukie from Shambala Wildlife Preserve in Southern California this week.

“Sukie’s back and she’s in wonderful condition,” Benjamin said from his Florida home. “We are delighted she is safe and doing well.”

Benjamin, who splits his time between Florida and Tahoe, accidentally let Sukie go in November and has spent the last five months trying to find her.

South Tahoe Police found the cat rummaging through garbage cans and took it to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, where Cheryl Millham nursed it back to health.

Sukie was then taken to Shambala, where she gained 10 pounds over the last three months under owner Tippie Hedren’s care.

“We had a delightful visit (at Shambala),” Benjamin said. “(Hedren) runs a wonderful operation. She has some of the most magnificent big cats I’ve seen.”

Benjamin said he was a little nervous about Sukie’s reaction to being reunited with his family.

“At first she was very angry and resentful,” he said. “But she’s fine now. She’s licking our faces, sleeping in the bed and playing with the dogs.”

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