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3 Washington cougar cubs make their way to Ohio zoo

Three female cougar cubs are making a new home at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio after the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife reached out to find the cubs a new home after the death of their mothers. (Photo courtesy Toledo Zoo){ }{ }

TOLEDO, Ohio (KOMO) -- Three female cougar cubs are making a new home at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio after the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife reached out to find the cubs a new home following the death of their mothers.

"The Toledo Zoo is proud to provide a home to these orphaned cougar cubs," Jeff Sailer, executive director of Toledo Zoo, said in a press release. "As a part of our own mission and that of AZA, we always try to meet the needs of wildlife officials in placing orphaned native species."

According to the release, the oldest cub is guessed to be about 10 to 12 weeks old and is from southeast Washington. The other two cubs are about three weeks old and are from northeast Washington.

"These cubs will not only provide a tangible connection to human-wildlife conflict, but also give Zoo guests the privilege of watching an elusive and often-villainized feline species grow and develop," Sailer said.

According to The Associated Press, the Toledo Zoo did not have any cougars before the cubs' arrival. It has been more than a 100 years since there's been a cougar sighting in Ohio.

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