North America's first and only home-produced white cougar cuber mountain lion--was born in a zoo near San Diego, California, on Monday (20 October).
SV Father cougar
CU Mother cougar
CU One-day-old white cougar "Cleo" (2 shots)
CU Baby cougar being fed with milk mixture (4 shots)
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Background: North America's first and only home-produced white cougar cuber mountain lion--was born in a zoo near San Diego, California, on Monday (20 October).
Just twenty-four hours later, this historic bundle of white fur, named Cleo by her fond keepers, faced the television cameras for the first time...a star at the tender age of one day.
Cleo's proud father, Caesar--a South American cougar--is no stranger to television stardom himself. He has taken part in a number of animal documentaries and adventure series for United States' television.
The cub's mother, Gigi, has had trouble with her young in the past. She has been unable to produce enough milk to feed her offspring. Zoo officials say that the problems are less this time...and that both mother and cub are doing well.
But until Gigi can produce enough natural milk to take over Cleo's feeding needs completely, the cub is being reared on a special mixture of feline formula and goat's milk.
It is essential that the young cub--like all young animals--absorbs sufficient antibodies from her mother's milk within a few days after birth. Otherwise her chances of survival are weak...and the mortality rate among cougars is high even when there is enough natural milk available.
But zoo officials rate Cleo's chances as high as possible. They are taking every precaution to ensure that she survives to become North America's only full-grown white mountain lion.