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Orphaned cougar cubs find temporary home at Oregon Zoo

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A trio of tiny orphaned cougar cubs from Washington have found a temporary home at the Oregon Zoo.

The 10-day-old cubs, two females and one male, were brought to the zoo last week weighing less than two pounds each.

Upon discovering them in Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife contacted Oregon Zoo keeper Michelle Schireman, who serves as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' species coordinator for cougars.

Schireman said without a mother, young cougars can't survive on their own in the wild. She is now working to find them a new home.

"We have a couple of options we are considering right now, and the cubs should only be in our care for a couple of weeks at the most," she said.

The cubs have yet to cut their teeth and their eyes are barely open, still cloudy blue and unable to focus. Even so, they are eating well and letting their voices be heard.

"They're loud," Schireman said. "When you come to feed them in the middle of the night, you can hear them all the way out in the parking lot."

As AZA species coordinator, Schireman has found homes for nearly 120 cougar cubs in zoos around the country. Most of the cougars currently living in U.S. zoos are orphans placed by Schireman.

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