Firefighters Rescue Mountain Lion Cub From Wildfires And Give Him A New Home

A group of firefighters was able to save an orphaned mountain lion cub in Northern California, who suffered severe burns from the Zogg Fire. The male cub is estimated to be four to six weeks old and is being cared for by the Oakland Zoo for burns on his feet.

The zoo posts updates on their social media about the lion cub’s condition complete with adorable snapshots of the cub.

They also announced that they’ve given the cub a name — Captain Cal after the mascot for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

They write in a Facebook post, “He’s been eating & looks much better than he did when he arrived.”

Rescued mountain lion UPDATE: our vet staff treated "Captain Cal" and removed the dead skin from his wounded feet, then wrapped each foot in bandages to heal. This little guy is drinking formula, and getting lots of fluids and TLC. Dr. Herman and our entire veterinary staff are hopeful that he will continue to improve. We will continue to give you updates and let you know how Captain Cal is doing!

Posted by Oakland Zoo on Sunday, October 4, 2020

The zoo also explained that the cub was found by a firefighter in Redding, California and was later released into the care of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which later enlisted Oakland Zoo’s help in treating the cub.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s senior wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Deana Clifford, said, “We are so grateful for the Oakland Zoo’s expertise, world-class facilities and willingness to step up — on extremely short notice — to help wildlife in need. Unfortunately, a lion this size is too small to be released back into the wild, but we are hopeful that under the Zoo’s care, it will get a second chance as an ambassador for its species.”

In addition to the cub’s burnt paws, he no longer has any whiskers as they were completely singed off. Oakland Zoo’s veterinary hospital director, Dr. Alex Herman, said, “We’re grateful to be part of this amazing little cub’s rescue and rehabilitation. 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.”

Moises Mendez II

Written by Moises Mendez II