Animal control officers on Tuesday rescued two malnourished mountain lion cubs that were hiding under a parked car in Burbank — but not before one resident reportedly tried hitting them with a broomstick.
The cubs weigh 5 pounds each and were taken to a refuge in Calabasas, where they are expected to recover to full strength.
Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said residents called in the cubs’ location in the 600 block of East Orange Grove Avenue at about 10:30 a.m. — they were so small they were initially reported as baby bobcats.
Some residents were using brooms to try and hit or shoo the cubs away, Ryburn said.
The cubs were taken to the Burbank Animal Shelter, where it was determined they were 10-week-old mountain lions, he added.
Officials stressed that residents should not attempt to engage wildlife, no matter how small, and instead call animal control officers.
California Department of Fish and Game officials transported the cubs to the rehabilitation center in Calabasas, where they were placed with another litter in the hopes of improving their health, Ryburn said.