- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A biologist studying cougars in the Santa Monica Mountains has discovered a living sibling of two lion kittens recently killed by another animal.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area posted video of the 6-month-old kitten Thursday.

The kitten is the offspring of a 3½-year-old female mountain lion dubbed P-23, whose first litter of two kittens was eaten by a male lion.

Her next litter was killed and eaten by another unknown animal. At the time, biologists thought P-23 had only one kitten but found remains of two.

The biologist then noticed movements tracked by P-23’s GPS collar suggesting she was caring for another so he set up a so-called camera trap where the lion had left a deer kill, and the kitten was recorded.


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