Footage released by Santa Monica park officials on Friday captured two mountain lion kittens feeding and “chirping for mom.”
Staffers at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said the untagged kittens were P-42’s offsprings.
The video shows the two kittens feeding on a deer. An adult mountain lion, apparently their mother, appears later in the clip.
Mountain lion P-42 has kittens! Turn up the volume to hear the chirping and general kitten cuteness. These kittens will face many challenges to survive — we hope to GPS collar them when they're older so we can learn about their transition to adulthood and dispersal. #catvideos pic.twitter.com/N6uXTgeux1
— Santa Monica Mtns (@SantaMonicaMtns) January 26, 2018
“So far this is looking like a happier ending than P-42’s litter from last year, which she abandoned,” a post on the park’s Facebook page said.
Officials said they hope to find the animals when they’re older and equip them with GPS collars, which would help them learn about their movement and transition into adulthood.
Capturing the kittens would also let experts run their DNA to find out how they may be related to other mountain lions in the area, according to the post.