Mom's the best
These amazing images of a mountain lion family feasting on a mule deer carcass were captured with a remotely-activated camera in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The adorable cubs, one female, one male, practiced their hunting skills on the dead deer while their mother kept a protective watch. While rare in Southern California, the charismatic cats are not considered an endangered species. The cubs are about 10 months old.
Warning: Some images may be graphic to certain audiences.
I got you!
The female cub, called P-28 by wildlife biologists, tested her "kill bite" on the deer's neck.
Boy cub P-30 looks annoyed with the camera's flash.
Fight or flight
Mother mountain lion P-13, who brought down the deer.
What's that, mom?
The male kitten, dubbed P-30, checks out the camera. Mom is in the background, wearing a GPS collar.
The girl cub, P-28, seems curious about the commotion.
Blast from the past
P-13 when she was newly collared in 2009.