|13 month-old Casey bear's paw tracks|
Next up are my almost 8 month-old mountain lion cubs, Kali and Khia. They lost their spots months ago and look like mini adult mountain lions! (They have not been weighed recently, but I will do that soon.) Khia, the runt of their litter, is significantly smaller than her sister, but still growing like a weed. Kali, however, is quite the young lady! When standing on her back feet, she is now stretching up to my chest! Kali is definitely developing quicker than Khia, and has already lost her four canines. I am so happy that I was able to recover two of them for my baby book! (Picture below....and joking about the baby book, of course.) While they are teething I encourage them to chew on more productive things than me, like dog raw hides. Her big teeth are coming in rapidly and look gorgeous! Khia is right behind her though, as her big teeth are just starting to break through the gum line.
|Kali's bottom canines|
Well, the babies will continue to grow and develop into the regal and majestic animals that we all respect and appreciate. I look forward to their adult lives and to be a big part of that is truly an honor and a blessing. I never forget that I am one lucky girl who these animals allow to be around them every day. For those who do not know, this is the only career I have ever wanted and I would not trade it for the world. My job is truly a labor of love and it is unbelievably easy to wake up everyday and first thing I get to do is kiss a bear on the nose.