A mountain lion kitten was rescued from the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, California Monday by volunteers looking for displaced dogs.
The kitten, who weighs nine pounds and is estimated to be three to four months old, had been separated from his mother. He was emaciated and had burns on his paws and burns and singeing on his face.
He was taken to a vet in Turlock and was then transported to California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Rancho Cordova lab for evaluation.
The young mountain lion will not likely be able to return to the wild so he will be placed in a wildlife care and education facility when he is healed and ready. His vets are hopeful that he will make a full recovery.
The kitten is being called Fireclaw.
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