Two mountain lion kittens, a male and a female, were found tucked away in a well-hidden den in the Santa Monica Mountains by National Park Service biologists in December.
The adorable cubs have since been tagged with GPS trackers and given the handles P-46 (female) and P-47 (male).
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Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area place a strong likelihood on P-19 as the mother of the newbies. The giveaway was that her own GPS tracker became suspiciously localized during a three-week stretch where, it's presumed, she was in the den staying with her newborns.
Next comes an attempt to name the daddy. P-19 has been tracked since 2010, when she was only weeks old. She's had previous litters, from mating with her father P-12. But, P-12 hasn't been seen since March of last year. Scientists hope DNA testing can rule him in or out. Otherwise, they say, another potential daddy could be a newer male on the scene, P-45.
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It may be best to root for P-45, as officials say interbreeding is a serious threat to Santa Monica Mountains' mountain lions, which are hemmed in by human life in the form of structures such as the 101 Freeway.