The Toledo Zoo is caring for three orphaned cougar cubs sent to Ohio from Washington state.
Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife reached out to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to find the cats new homes following the loss of their mothers.
Zoo officials said Thursday the oldest of the cubs, named Rainier, is 10-12 weeks old and is from southeast Washington. The other two, named Columbia and Cascade, are around 3 weeks old and came from a litter of four found abandoned in northeast Washington. The other two cubs in that litter were sent to a New Jersey zoo.
The Ohio zoo has not had a cougar since 1990. Though the cubs are not on exhibit yet, visitors can watch the staff bottle-feed the two younger cubs twice a day at the Toledo facility.
The zoo in northwest Ohio had no cougars before the cubs arrived.
Cougars, also known as mountain lions or pumas, are found throughout North America, but it’s been more than a 100 years since there’s been a confirmed sighting in Ohio.