Hungry, Thirsty Mountain Lion Cubs Found Under a Car in Burbank Are Now Recuperating in Paso Robles
A pair of mountain lions cub found starving and dehydrated under a parked car in Burbank have been transferred to Paso Robles, where wildlife experts are trying to get the cubs back up to fighting weight.
The cubs were transferred from the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas to Paso Robles, where the group Zoo to You is helping the cubs recuperate which is helping the cubs recuperate, according to a local Fox affiliate.
"I think they're extremely underweight," said the group's director David Jackson. "Obviously, we knew that to begin with, but it was sorta shocking to see how skinny they were, so that's going to be our first priority is getting some nutrition into them."
The cubs have had a rough few weeks, according to an earlier story by Los Angeles Daily News. Experts believe that they got separated from their mother somehow. At 3 months old they're too young to fend for themselves, so it had been about two weeks since they had anything to eat. The cubs are in the clear now, but they're not happy about being stuck in captivity. The feister of the two cubs — now called #2 — has been hissing at journalists coming to report on a feel-good story.
"They're scared," California Wildlife Center Executive Director Cindy Reyes told the Daily News. "They're doing a lot of hissing and swatting. That's good in that they're being responsive, but bad because it is stressful being in a captive environment."
The cubs might never have a chance to go into the wild, since they're (grudgingly) getting used to humans and they've never been taught how to hunt. The California Department of Fish and Game will ultimately decide what happens to the cubs, but Zoo to You would love to make them its animal ambassadors after several months of recuperation.