It’s incredibly painful to know that animals are dying in these fires every day, and there’s not much that we can do about it. So whenever we hear a story about an animal that has been rescued from such devastation, it makes our hearts feel a little happier.
Rescuers came across the injured lion cub in Shasta County last Sunday. He was caught up in the fires and was badly injured, so he was treated at Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital before settling into his temporary home at the zoo while he recovers.
Rescuers are in amazement that the cub, who is believed to be only three or four weeks old, has survived his injuries, having been in a bad way when they first came across him.
“It’s a miracle that he’s alive,” Erin Harrison of the Oakland Zoo told CNN.
The cub’s paws were badly burned, and his whiskers had been singed off. Pictures show just how terrified he looked when he first arrived at the zoo’s hospital, and it’s truly heartbreaking to see.
“He was alert & feisty, so that gave me hope that he would be okay,” Wildlife biologist Pete Figura said.
So many people came together to help rescue the little cub, and without them, his recovery wouldn’t have been possible.
“We’re grateful to be part of this amazing little cub’s rescue and rehabilitation. It’s an amazing effort between Cal Fire, the Shasta County Sherriff’s Department, and of course our partners at the California Department of Fish & Wildlife,” The Director of Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Alex Herman, stated in a press release.
We’re so thankful that the cub was able to be rescued and get the treatment he needs, and our hearts go out to all of those animals who have been badly affected by the wildfires.
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