Newborn Mountain Lions Discovered Near Los Angeles

Posted: Jan 18 2016, 11:36am CST | by , Updated: Jan 18 2016, 12:38pm CST, in Latest Science News


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Newborn Mountain Lions Discovered Near Los Angeles
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  • Baby Mountain Lions act Animatedly before Photographer upon their Discovery

Two baby mountain lions acted animatedly before the photographer upon their discovery. Their mother meanwhile was away from the den. Watch the video below.

The state of California has had an addition of two mountain lion kittens. They were found in the Santa Monica Mountains. A video was made of these two precious creatures as they pranced about.

The mountain lions were small bundles of joy. The video clip was made just a few moments after their mother left the den. Making gestures of defiance and playfulness at the camera, the two mountain lions seemed to be enjoying the attention.

Another video was also made upon the return of the mother. The kittens nestled close to their mother’s soft skin upon her return to the den. The mother was termed P-45 and she had given birth to the kittens a few weeks ago.

A process of following the routes of the mother had been taking place for the last half decade or so. This was via a tracking collar affixed to the neck of the mother puma. Upon inquiry by concerned animal conservationists, it was found that the weight of the tag was very minute.

The tracking device hardly had an effect on the animal’s movements and habits. It was like a small insect had landed on the mother puma’s body. Thus researchers were able to track the birth of the two kittens which took place recently.

The litter of two kittens have been labeled P-46 and P-47. What is not clear is who the father of the two kittens is. Some rumors abound that a large male in the vicinity who had been tagged may be the father.

The main issue for these newly born kittens is that the area where they find themselves in is not very hospitable. The concentration of a few mountain lions in the region often leads to inbreeding. But the experts want to change this pattern. Cross breeding is the ultimate goal.

Via a clearing of paths and brush, the mountain lions would have better access to resources and other members of their species. Thus there would be lesser inbreeding and more out breeding.

This would solve the problem on a genetic level. While things have improved considerably since the past, the conservationists still have a long way to go. The adorable puma kittens will have to learn quite a few skills in order to fend for themselves.

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