This poor little fella was starving to death, his paws were badly burned and his fur singed. He was found in the ruins of a California wildfire. He was willing to be captured. Unsurprisingly, there appears to have been no struggle. He wanted help. The vets think he is about 3-4 months old. I wonder if he has siblings and if they survived and what about mom? He is too small to be independent. He weighed a miserly 9.1 pounds – the weight of a standard domestic cat. When he was found he was walking but barely.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are helping him to recover. CDFW believe he’ll make a full recovery but remain in captivity in a wildlife care and education facility because the level of care required will remove his ability to return to the wild.
We can only speculate about all the other animals who have suffered as much but not been so lucky to have made it. It always surprises me how so many people rally around to help a mountain lion in distress yet across America (but not in California, I believe) it is permissible to hunt the mountain lion with dogs for the fun of it. I find that very odd: a sort of schizophrenic society.
Sources: The Dodo and Facebook.
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