December 22, 2011
Mountain Lion Cubs Rescued In California
Burbank, California officials said on Tuesday that they rescued two malnourished mountain lion cubs that were hiding under a parked car.
Residents of the area had been hitting the cubs with broomsticks before officials swooped in to rescue them.
The cubs weigh about 5 pounds each and may have not eaten in two weeks, according to the officials.
Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said that some residents were using the brooms to try and hit the cubs to shoo them away.
Officials said that residents called in the cubs' location in the 600 block of East Orange Grove Avenue about 10:30 a.m.
Ryburn said the cubs were first taken to the Burbank Animal Shelter, where they determined they were 10-week-old mountain lions.
The cubs have been taken to a refuge in Calabasas. California Department of Fish and Game Officials took the cubs to the refuge and placed them in another litter.
"We strongly encourage all residents to never approach a mountain lion, remain clear of the area, and contact the animal shelter or police department if any wildlife is seen in the community," Burbank police said in a news release.
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