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Mountain lion cub gets a second chance thanks to Wildlife Project of Ramona

Posted at 7:09 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 22:09:49-04

RAMONA, CA (KGTV) -- Thanks to the San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife, an orphaned mountain lion pup has a second chance at life. The Humane Society acquired the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona on September 1st, and the very next day, the 12 week old mountain lion pup was their very first patient.

"We got a call from California Fish and Wildlife," says Project Wildlife Director Andy Blue. "That a firefighter had found a mountain lion cub in distress up near Idyllwild."

The female cub was found semi-conscious, extremely emaciated, and dehydrated.

"When she first arrived here in Ramona, she appeared to be in pretty bad shape, and I wasn't sure she was going to survive."

That's when the Project Wildlife team stepped in and provided the cub life saving treatment.

"We immediately gave her critical care supplies, got a diet syringe fed to her, and did everything we needed to do to turn it around."

And a little over a month later, with the great care from Project Wildlife, Blue says the cub is expected to make a full recovery.

"Now she is completely stable and will most likely be going to another facility in Arizona."

You might think that once animals have rehabbed, they would be let back out into the wild.. Well that's not always the case."

"Because she's had so much human contact, we really can't release her back into the wild. Our goal is to rehab animals and release them back into the wild, but in her case, it's not a good idea."

The plan is to relocate the lion cub to a facility in Arizona by next week.