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Three cougar kittens, two females and one male, were orphaned in January 2014 after a hunter killed their mother in Eastern Oregon. They were rescued and raised by the Oregon Zoo until they were weaned and mature enough to be transferred to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC.

Learn more about their story here & 
here.

They are happy and healthy now at 6 months old! "Charismatic mammals" indeed!

Asheboro, NC

Also at the NC Zoo this weekend...
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Demon57 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely Shot :heart:
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KYNGDOLCE Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
*^VERY~NYCE^*:)
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marcobusoni Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Soo schön ! Pumas sind eine meiner Lieblingstiere ..
und dein Foto hat ein tolles licht von unten
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
dankeschön! :hug:
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onurrus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
beautiful being!!
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SnowPrincessAllie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student General Artist
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!! That is SO ADORABLE!!!!!!!
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Akatso Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So cute, nice shot :D
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Cuteness!
Those enormous ears remind one that this cute as a button cub is going to grow up to be a 150 pound killer one day.
But they're still so cute now. Squee emoticon 
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
:giggle:
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mishkuu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot!
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YoshiWii1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I actually get Mountain Lions where I live! In fact, I have a pic of one up close with it's mouth open!
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
nice!
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914four Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome capture
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
:aww: Thanks!
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PhotoshopGirl29 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Way too cute!
I used to volunteer at the Oregon Zoo too :D 
Everyone always wants to keep all of the kittens that come through, but the exhibit can only comfortably fit two adult cougars :P
Glad they like their new home! 
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
That's so awesome! :D Were you there when they came through in January?
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Unfortunately I wasn't
The orphaned cougars get to hang out in the hospital so they're not on view to the public. But their photographer sometimes get around to taking pictures of any cubs that come through.
I did get the chance to see the one cougar cub that was born at the zoo. 
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
So sweet! I'm sure you've had several awesome experiences working at the zoo. :aww:
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I had an awesome time as a volunteer. I really miss volunteering there! 
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Wayleen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I love this ! so cuuuute ! 
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Deatx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are really cute. I'm actually going to the asheboro zoo friday, so I'll get to see them again. 
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I hope they're active for you! :D Did you see them when they were younger? They must have been so stinkin' cute.
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Deatx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did about 2 months ago. They were playful then. :D Last time I was there about 2-3 weeks ago they were sleeping XD Maybe I'll get better luck this time. 
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GiantsHawk12 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
what a little cutie x3
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
:aww:
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altaiira Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww.. adorable. Heart Glad to hear the little ones are happy and healthy now.
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
:aww:
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FriendFrog Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Just loooovely. The framing, bokeh, focus, everything. *contented sigh*
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
:glomp:
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geekintheviolet Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Photographer
So cute :) this is really good.
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
:aww:
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Lady-Wolfe Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
omg, what a cutie!
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
:aww:
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014   Writer
Cute :D
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