An preliminary examination indicated Rose had not eaten in weeks, Dr. Alex Herman, the zoo’s vp of Veterinary Services, mentioned in an announcement Tuesday. The cub, estimated to be about 5 months previous, weighs simply 8.8 kilos. The common feminine cub her age ought to weigh about 30 kilos.
“She is excruciatingly thin. To survive, her body resorted to consuming its own muscle mass,” Herman mentioned. The cub can be affected by excessive dehydration, “and her temperature was so low it couldn’t even be read.”
Hikers first noticed Rose on the Thornewood Open Space Preserve in San Mateo County and reported the sighting to authorities, who despatched a workforce of biologists and wildlife officers to search out the cub.
The search took 5 days.
After a day of remedy, veterinarians are guardedly optimistic about Rose’s restoration. She is receiving fluids and hydration intravenously and being bottle-fed small quantities of formulation a number of instances a day.
“We can already tell she has a feisty spirit and an obvious will to live, and we’re thankful for that,” Herman mentioned.
Rose is the 18th orphaned mountain lion cub Oakland Zoo has obtained and rehabilitated from the state since 2017, zoo officers mentioned.
Three of the 18, Coloma, Toro, and Silverado, nonetheless reside on the Oakland Zoo.
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