NAMES IN THE NEWS : Actor's Big Cat Lives at L.A. Zoo

From Times Wire Services

Actor Judd Hirsch has a new pet, a 175-pound California mountain lion. But the star of the sitcom "Dear John" won't have to worry about the big cat's chewing up his furniture or attacking his guests.

The mountain lion will continue to live at the Los Angeles Zoo, where it can be seen in a show that teaches visitors about wild animals that live in Southern California.

Hirsch adopted it through the Ralston Purina Big Cat Survival Fund, a $1-million program to save rare and endangered cats at zoos nationwide.

He made a "significant donation" for the cat's adoption officials of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. said. In exchange, the lion will be named Judd.

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