Earth & Conservation

Two Baby Cougars Found In Santa Monica Mountains

Well this is the cutest thing ever. The National Park Service found not one, but TWO cougar cubs tucked away under a rock in the mountains of Santa Monica. These fierce little ones were pretty startled by the camera, but scientists left them feeling good that these awesome creatures are still reproducing and living well in their natural habitat. Woo!

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"We continue to see successful reproduction, which indicates that the quality of the natural habitat is high for such a relatively urbanized area," our biologist Jeff Sikich says of our mountain lion study, which recently added these two little ones, named P-46 and P-47. "But these kittens have many challenges ahead of them, from evading other mountain lions, to crossing freeways, to dealing with exposure to rat poison." More info: http://go.nps.gov/p46p47 - Zach, Communications Fellow