Previously Undetected Kitten From Mountain Lion P-23 Spotted on Video

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Researchers tracking P-23, a well-known mountain lion living in the Santa Monica Mountains, recently discovered the big cat was caring for a kitten that had previously remained undetected.

A previously undetected mountain lion kitten from P-23 is seen in a video from the National Park Service released on Dec. 16, 2015.

A previously undetected mountain lion kitten from P-23 is seen in a video from the National Park Service released on Dec. 16, 2015.

Video released by the National Park Service on Wednesday shows the kitten, believed to be about 6 months old, near the site of a deer kill left by P-23 in November.

The young puma is seen in the video peering into the camera and meowing before walking toward the dead deer.

P-23, who initially garnered attention after being photographed atop a deer on Mulholland Highway, made headlines again over the summer when she gave birth to a kitten dubbed P-43.

But three months later, P-43 and a previously unknown sibling were found dead in a remote part of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains.

Researchers are still awaiting DNA results to determine what type of animal killed the kittens.

The newly discovered kitten has yet to be captured and outfitted with a tracking device, so it has not been named, according to the parks service.

The next available number would be P-46.

Mountain lion P-23 is seen on a hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains in a photo provided by the National Park Service.

Mountain lion P-23 is seen on a hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains in a photo provided by the National Park Service.