Orphaned cougar cubs arrive at Grandfather Mountain

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LINVILLE, N.C. – Two sibling cougar cubs have found a new home at Grandfather Mountain after being orphaned in the wilds of Idaho.

The duo — a brother and sister — was found, along with another male sibling who passed away prior to the move, on an Idaho man’s property in January, emaciated and searching for food.

“We don’t know what happened to their mom,” said Christie Tipton, chief animal curator for Grandfather Mountain, according to a statement. “They were found wandering around a neighborhood, looking for food, because they aren’t big enough to successfully catch their own.”

Before taking them into custody, Idaho Fish and Game determined the cougars had been orphaned and were unable to fend for themselves in the wild. Shortly thereafter, Tipton received a call from a contact with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, who knew the mountain was seeking new cougars for its environmental wildlife habitats.