California Firefighter Saves Mountain Lion Cub Burned in Zogg fire

A California firefighter rescued a male cub after suffering a lot of burns in the wildfire. The male…
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A California firefighter rescued a male cub after suffering a lot of burns in the wildfire. The male cub that is about 6 weeks old is now called “Captain Cal” after the fire agency of the state.

After the cub was found on Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, reached out to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was immediately contacted.

On Wednesday, the CFDW put contacted the Oakland Zoo around 5 p.m. The zoo’s veterinary team treated the cub immediately it arrived at 7:15 p.m.  According to the zoo, the mountain lion cub weighs about 3.75 pounds.

A CDFW wildlife management supervisor, Pete Figure maintained that the cub was found in the fire scar of an area that had initially burned on Sunday. According to Zoo workers, the cub was seriously burned, especially on his paws. The fire had severely irritated his eyes and his whiskers were signed off.

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The Zoo workers cleaned up the cub and gave him some antibiotics and food through a syringe. The zoo had to perform an X-ray to ensure there was no damage to his bones or his lungs due to smoke inhalation.

One veterinarian confirmed that the cub is doing just fine and he is showing positive signs for recovery. The Oakland Zoo partners with UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital to provide treatment for the cub’s wounds. In the wild, baby mountain lions stay with their mother for almost two years until they can stay alone.  Since this cub has no parent, he will be placed at a zoo.

We’re cautiously optimistic that this cub will now survive and thrive, our dedicated team at Oakland Zoo is fully committed to do everything we can for him and for his beautiful species.

Alex Herman, director of the zoo’s veterinary hospital

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