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Photos: Adorable Mountain Lion Cubs Eat Their Prey In The Santa Monica Mountains

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The folks at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area posted on Facebook today some adorable snapshots of two 8-month-old mountain lion cubs eating their prey.

We get to see here photos of the male kitten they've named "P-32" and sister "P-34" in the Nicholas Flat area of Leo Carrillo State Park in late May. Their mother, P-19, gave birth to them and another kitten named P-33, which is most likely dead since the researchers haven't seen it with its mom as of late.

Inbreeding has been a problem for the mountain lions since their habitat is isolated and surrounded by freeways. The father of these kittens, P-12, is also the father of P-19. KPCC reported in January that inbreeding could lead to problems among the animals like heart disease and sterility.

“If animals can’t disperse out, you may be more likely to get close inbreeding, and we’ve seen a number of instances where fathers have mated with daughters,” Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist for the National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area told KPCC.