Rescuers from the US Forest Service were walking around the surroundings of the Californian town of Idyllwild when they heard a faint squeak.
Soon they saw who was making it: a mountain lion cub, which practically did not move, was lying on the road and with the last of its strength was calling its mother.
The firefighters hurried to the nearest station to find a cat carrier.
When they returned, the baby was lying in the same place. His mother didn’t showed up.
Without wasting a moment, the men loaded the cat into the car and headed to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
From there, the animal got into the San Diego Humane Society.
Experts examined the kitten and found that this is a girl who is a little over 14 weeks old. And the baby’s weight was less than 11 pounds, which was a critical indicator for her age.
The cub was semi-conscious, emaciated, dehydrated, weak and constantly trembling.
After five weeks of a heavy diet and constant grooming, the baby finally gave her first full-blown growl.
Veterinarians believe that in this way she marked her return to optimal shape.
Now the baby weighs 22 pounds. And she looks as menacing as little Simba.
Usually, female mountain lions stay with the babies until the kittens are over a year old.
Veterinarians note that these cats are caring mothers and never leave their litter unattended. This means that they got an orphan whose mother had a misfortune.
Now that the baby has grown stronger, she was placed in a special enclosure with surveillance cameras.
Experts at the animal welfare center explain that the baby mountain lion should not be allowed to become attached to people.
This kind of love will hurt the cat when it comes time to return it to the wild.