Three baby mountain lions are on their way to a new home after being left in the wild to fend for themselves.
“The adult female caring for them has died,” said Steve Torres with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The three kittens were found in Siskiyou County about a week ago, roaming around someone’s yard. Fish and Wildlife officers rescued them and have been nursing the two-month-old kittens back to health.
“They were very young and transitioning from a meat diet, but they are still on a little bit of milk so that’s a very intensive time to take care of them,” Torres said.
Unfortunately, the kittens cannot be rehabilitated. By losing their mother at such a young age they will never know how to hunt.
That’s why the three have been sent to zoos. The female went to a Kansas zoo, and the two males are on their way to a zoo in Texas.
“When they are this young, they do well in captivity and they adapt to the surrounding and the facilities we place them in,” Torres said.
The finding of these kittens isn’t rare for the Rancho Cordova offices of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A few come in ever year, officials say.
When possible, the department likes to release animals back into the wild, but only when they will thrive.
Before you try and capture an animal you think is in need of help, call the Department of Fish and Wildlife, because the animal may look abandoned but really mom is close by.