Como Zoo is New Forever Home for Orphaned Pumas from California

November 01, 2018 12:15 PM

Two orphaned pumas have made the move from Oakland Zoo in California to their new forever home at Como Zoo in St. Paul.

According to the press release, the pumas, which are also known as mountain lion and cougar cubs, were from two different California locations. The male and female cub are approximately 8- to 12-weeks old.


A leadership board has named the cubs Ruby and Jasper. 

They arrived at Como Zoo on Tuesday where zookeepers and Minnesota veterinary staff are taking care of them. 

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Ruby was discovered after a property owner reported hearing "chirps" for seven days, which turned out to be Ruby's calls or her mother. 

She was found "severely dehydrated, emaciated, covered in parasites and burrs," according to the press release. 

Jasper was orphaned after his mother was shot while killing sheep. According to Como Zoo, it is legal for California residents to get a "depredation permit" to protect their property from damage. 

“Although it is heartbreaking circumstances that brought us these beautiful cats, we are happy to be able to provide a home, the care, and support that these animals will need to thrive as individuals and as a species,” said Michelle Furrer, director of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, in a press release. 

In the last 10 months, the Oakland Zoo has taken in five unrelated puma cubs. 

Ruby and Jasper will remain behind the scenes for 30 days, which is a standard quarantine when new animals get to the zoo.

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