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NC Zoo gains trio of cougar kittens

Posted February 28, 2014
Updated May 10, 2014

— Three cougar kittens whose mother was killed by a hunter in Oregon are expected to arrive at the North Carolina Zoo on Monday.

The two females and a male are about 2 months old.

Once the hunter realized the adult cougar had kittens, the animals were taken to the Oregon Zoo in Portland, where zookeepers helped wean the animals, officials said.

The cougars will be under a mandatory 30-day quarantine after arriving at the zoo in Asheboro. After that, visitors will be able to see them in the cougar exhibit in the zoo’s Cypress Swamp complex.


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  • lec02572 Feb 28, 2014

    They are cute. Hate the hunter had to kill the mother. Awesome that her kittens will leave in peace.

  • happygirl14 Feb 28, 2014

    Sooo cute!

  • anonemoose Feb 28, 2014

    Such pretty babies.

  • Janene DiPierro Feb 28, 2014
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    It's nice the hunter didn't leave those kittens there to die... but some how I still feel bad for those kittens.