Oregon Zoo takes in orphaned cougar cubs

Oregon Zoo takes in orphaned cougar cubs

Three two-week-old cougar orphans delivered by the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife are examined at the Oregon Zoo's veterinary center. Homes will be found for the cubs at AZA-accredited facilities. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Shervin Hess

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 10:50 AM

PORTLAND -- The Oregon Zoo has taken in three cougar cubs orphaned after their mother was killed by a hunter in Baker City.

According to the Baker City Herald, the hunter mistakenly killed the lactating mother, but followed her tracks when he realized the mistake and took in the orphans.

Baker City Herald: Three cougar kittens rescued

The two-week-old kittens were then taken in by keeper Michelle Schireman, who has found homes for more than 100 orphaned cougar cubs in her 18 years at the Oregon Zoo, said zoo spokesman Hova Najarian.

The cubs will remain at the zoo until they're big enough to make the journey to a zoo in North Carolina, Najarian said.

 

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