Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Orphan mountain lion cub moves home

Zia on an outcropping in the mountain exhibit (AP/Courtesy of Mary Streng, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park)

An orphaned mountain lion cub rescued by a hunter in Washington has found a home in New Mexico.

Zia was discovered last October stumbling through rows of wheat stubble. She was dehydrated, could hardly make a sound and was too weak to stand. Her mother was nowhere to be found.

Dave Garnetti, of Davenport, Washington, said he took her home and his family nursed her back to health before turning her over to the Washington Game and Fish Department.

The Living Desert Zoo in Carlsbad had been looking for a mountain lion when it learned about Zia and another orphaned cub from California. The zoo took in both cubs.

When Mr Garnetti found Zia she could fit in a backpack. Now she weighs 30 pounds.

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