The cub is believed to be solely three or 4 weeks outdated and was discovered by a firefighter in Shasta County Sunday, the Oakland Zoo stated.
The cub was taken to the zoo after being transferred to the California Division of Fish and Wildlife, which is overwhelmed with creatures displaced by the state’s unprecedented fires.
“It is a miracle that he is alive,” stated Erin Harrison of the Oakland Zoo.
Wildlife biologist Pete Figura works for the Division of Fish and Wildlife. He was tasked with taking the cub from Redding to the Oakland Zoo.
“He was alert & feisty, in order that gave me hope that he could be okay,” Figura stated.
Weighing in at simply over three-and-a-half kilos, the cub’s whiskers are singed off and his paws are badly burned.
X-rays have been taken Thursday to evaluate the cub’s lungs for harm from smoke inhalation and to verify for any damaged bones. Each got here again advantageous however confirmed vital harm to the comfortable tissue of his paws. His eyes are additionally severely irritated.
The Oakland Zoo is working with the UC Davis Veterinary Medication Instructing Hospital to deal with the cub’s burn wounds. He is on ache remedy, antibiotics and fluids, and vets are “cautiously optimistic” he’ll be okay. The cub is being fed milk by means of a syringe.
Within the wild, mountain lion cubs sometimes stick with their moms for about two years till they will hunt and survive alone. As a result of this cub is orphaned, he cannot be launched again into the wild and can most definitely be positioned at an accredited zoo, Harrison stated.