A 65-year-old man has his wife’s permission to sleep with a mountain lion — the 200-pond cougar he cuddles up to every night and refers to as his “200lb daughter”.
Mario “Catman” Infanti adopted his rather big cat, named Sasha, when she was a tiny kitten and says she now sees him as her “mother”.
Infanti’s wife Lenore fully supports his close relationship with the enormous pet, which lives in and around their home in Cape Coral, Florida.
Mario Infanti often cuddles up to his pet cougar Sasha after raising her from a kitten.
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He has built a custom-made habitat for the creature, with whom he often shares his swimming pool.
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Infanti has cared for Sasha since she was a kitten and gives her full access to his home in Florida.
The mountain lion enjoys watching TV with Infanti and pines for him when he is away, his wife says.
When her husband is away, Mrs. Infanti holds up the telephone so pet mountain lion Sasha can hear his voice.
Animal lover Infanti, who also has a Siberian lynx, moved to Florida to enjoy their relaxed laws on the keeping of dangerous pets.
He says Sasha, pictured here when she was just three days old, now treats him like a mother.
Despite their closeness, Infanti says he still has to make sure never to turn his back on the mountain lion, which he says is four times stronger than him.
He thinks Sasha is better off in the safety and comfort of her enclosure at his home, rather than at risk in the wild.
He has designed a 3,000-square-foot habitat for the animal outside his home.
Mrs. Infanti says the most difficult time for Sasha is when her husband, who is a professional jazz guitarist, is on tour.
The 65-year-old had to get a new bed when the young lion started gnawing on the fabric.
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