The population of mountain lions in the mountains near Los Angeles got a potential boost last month when researchers discovered five cubs between two litters, and the video footage of them is nothing short of adorable.
The discovery was made in the Santa Susana Mountains and announced Wednesday on the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Facebook page.
Two of the cubs P-48 and P-49 were from one mother, and another litter of three others P-50, P-51 and P-52 were born to P-39. Now the question is whether these little beauties can survive. The father for both litters is suspected to be the same.
“The real challenge comes as these kittens grow older and disperse, especially the males, and have to deal with threats from other mountain lions and also road mortality and the possibility of poisoning from anticoagulant rodenticide,” biologist Jeff Sikich from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area, told the Los Angeles Times.
A researcher ear-tagged the cubs and captured cute footage of them:
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