— -- Two adorable mountain lion kittens were found nestled in California’s Santa Monica Mountains in December.
Biologists for the National Park Service discovered the female and male kittens while tracking the GPS coordinates of their mother, whom they have studied since she was just a kitten herself. The momma cat’s babies are believed to have been born sometime at the end of November, according to Kate Kuykendall, a spokesperson for the National Park Service.
Despite being born in a pretty congested area, Kuykendall said the Santa Monica Mountains are actually a high-quality habitat for wildlife.
“Many people are surprised that right outside of the second largest city in the country, we have enough open space to support a carnivore of this size,” she said. “This is good news for the mountain lion population in the Santa Monica Mountains.”
For now, the National Park Service will be keeping tabs on the little balls of fur.
A proposal to build a wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon could help remedy some of the threats against mountain lions in the area and diversify the population, Kuykendall said.
Check out the adorable video!