When a concerned citizen found a young cougar cub in the mud a day after a landslide in Pend Oreille County, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers determined that sadly it had been separated from his mother.
The cub is estimated to be about 5 weeks old and that is much too young for him to be able to survive without his mother to protect him in the wild.
Washington Fish and Wildlife called Michelle Schireman an Oregon Zoo keeper who is also the species coordinator for cougars for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. While they would rather be able to keep the babies with their moms, in some cases such as this, that is just not a possibility.
“In most cases, we try to arrange for orphaned cubs to go directly to their new homes,” Schireman said. “But in special situations, and depending on whether we have space, we sometimes take care of them at the zoo until their health has stabilized. It’s a lot to ask of our staff, but everyone here is incredibly dedicated to helping wildlife. Our vet staff and keepers have been taking shifts to make sure this little guy receives around-the-clock care with feedings every four hours.”
Check out those baby-blues!
The 4 pound cub will stay at the Oregon Zoo for a short time until he is ready to go to his new home at the Minnesota Zoo, so if you live near there you may get a chance to see him later this year!
If you'd like to see more of this cutie, here is a short video that the Oregon Zoo released!
Oh my what an adorable baby!
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