Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center is a wonderful organization located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is operated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and its goal is to take care of sick, injured, orphaned, and confiscated wildlife of all types.
One day, they got a call from an Animal control officer inquiring if they could provide medical care for a young mountain lion cub that he had found. The cub was found on tribal land in south-eastern Arizona, and she was one in a family of three. One of her siblings was up on a tree and the other was dead, probably killed by dogs. The mother was nowhere to be seen as she had probably gone out to find some food for them, and she never came back.
The poor little baby lion was extremely emaciated, and severely dehydrated! When they measured her, she weighed only 13 pounds, and she should be a 30 pound animal! Also, after examining her teeth they concluded that this particular cub was around 5 or 6 months old.
Fortunately, she didn’t have fever or any other signs of injury or disease, but they still had to perform thorough tests. After sedating her, they took some blood samples to see if there was any damage done to the kidneys as a result of dehydration. They are still waiting for results, but they are optimistic! Many things could still go wrong but all signs point to a positive outcome.