Two mountain lion cats have survived after four litter was found under a picnic table being cared for at a Southern California veterinary hospital, officials said.
The four kittens estimated to be around six weeks old were spotted November 29 outside an office building near the foothills of the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks, according to a statement Thursday from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
After the mother never showed up, biologists at the state’s Wildlife Agency screened the kittens and fitted them with tiny wireless collars. Then the biologists set up the kittens in a makeshift den monitored by cameras, hoping that the mother would return at night.
Soon, officials decided that the mother had died or had abandoned the litter.
The statement said two cats were found dead early on December 2, and biologists have taken the other two to a veterinary hospital in Orange County.
The animals will be temporarily housed at the Orange County Zoo until a permanent home is found for them.