Coby the cougar collapsed and died Tuesday afternoon around closing time.
A necropsy was done, but zoo officials are waiting to talk with University of Tennessee technicians to get the results, according to Zoo Director Darde Long.
Coby, thought to be at least 9 years old, was one of two cougars at the zoo when the Cougar Express exhibit opened in September 2005.
Coby and another cougar, Mia-Mia, had lived at the zoo for two years before that in the chimpanzee house after being brought to the zoo after the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency confiscated them from private owners, according to newspaper archives.
Zoo officials did not return calls for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Read more in Thursday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...