Three orphaned mountain lion cubs were rescued from the wild near Oklahoma City (VIDEO)

A litter of orphan mountain lion cubs saved from the wild was just welcomed to the OKC Zoo. The three cubs, two males and one female, are around nine weeks old and arrived at the OKC Zoo in late January. The mountain lion cubs were discovered by game officers with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks after being born in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Recognizing that the cubs’ mother had died and that they were too young to live on their own, wildlife authorities stepped in and started giving 24-hour care for the orphaned cubs. They also called the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to find a permanent home for the litter since, according to South Dakota state regulation, recovering cubs cannot be released back into the wild.