Human Interest

Mountain Lion Cubs Saved from Forest Fire!

Thanks to an alert firefighting team, two weeks-old mountain lion cubs were rescued from a wildfire blaze in Three Mile Game Reserve, Montana.  Crew-members digging a fire line heard animal noises sounding from beneath log.  The debris obscured their view and hot conditions kept them from immediately intervening.  Luckily, the crew’s helicopter managed to douse the flaming log with 600 gallons of water.  Once extinguished, they extricated two sooty and soaked cubs and placed them in the care of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  Care-takers estimate the cubs to be only weeks old with their eyes only just beginning to open fully.

Mountain lion kittens rescue

(Safe and sound – if a bit wet! Image Credit: Cory Rennaker, Bitterroot National Forest Helitack)

Rescued kittens

(All dry and back to maximum fluffiness! Image Credit: Cory Rennaker, Bitterroot National Forest Helitack)

The cubs’ prognosis is good though their re-introduction to the wild will be determined in the future.

Read more from the original article in the Missoulian via the New York Daily News.


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