In the Western United States, few animals have a more fearsome reputation than the cougar. But at three weeks old, even the biggest big cat is really just a kitten.

 On Thursday, the National Park Service announced the birth of two wild mountain lions, releasing an unintentionally adorable video of the duo doing a (less-than-convincing) impression of Mom.

Known as P-46 and P-47, the two newest residents of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area were recently implanted with tracking devices after researchers found their well-hidden den.

"We only send one biologist to the den and take precautions on our scent," wrote a Park Service spokesperson on YouTube. "The purpose is to mark these kittens so that we can learn about them as part of our decade-long study to better understand how urbanization is affecting this very vulnerable population."

One of the biggest threats to the area's mountain lions is genetic in nature: Increasingly isolated by human development, Southern California's cougars have become dangerously inbred.

One proposed solution to the problem is the construction of wildlife crossings connecting different swaths of protected land.
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Responses to "Baby Mountain Lions Try Hard To Act Tough ... And End Up Looking Cuter"

  1. Unknown says:

    So adorable

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