Phoenix’s mother was shot by a farmer who saw her as a threat to his livestock in August 2008. When the farmer saw movement in the mother’s stomach he decided to cut out the four cubs who were just about due to be born. The four cubs’ existence was then discovered by a concerned neighbour who took the cubs from the farmer and brought them straight to CCF.
At only two days old the four cubs were very weak and sadly one of them died. Fortunately the remaining three, two males and one female, pulled through and showed no ill effect from their traumatic start in life. The female was named Soraya which was chosen by the lady who rescued the cubs and brought them to CCF. Soraya is the Persian name for the star cluster that we call “The Pleiades” or “The Seven Sisters”. In keeping with this celestial theme the two males were named Phoenix and Quasar. Unfortunately, in 2013 Quasar passed away and Soraya escaped her enclosure, but Phoenix still remains at CCF and is loved by all of his keepers.