Mountain Lion Cub Is Badly Burned By Wildfire So Vets Put Fish Scales On His Feet To Heal Him

by Kat Manos
Kat Manos is an Associate Editor who loves arguing about indie rock, classic literature, and "Star Wars."

The wildfires of Southern California, a few of which are still burning, have been particularly devastating to local residents for the last few months.

The Thomas Fire, which burned through Ventura County and the Santa Barbara area near Los Angeles, overtook 280,000 acres of land, including people’s homes and local wildlife.

One particular bit of wildlife, a mountain lion, was rescued from the flames by firefighters and authorities in the area. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released photos of said mountain lion, revealing just how they’re helping heal him.

After much of the skin on his paw pads had been burned off, vets decided to help regrow the skin by placing sterilized fish scales in its place.

Apparently, the fish scales work like a “biologic bandage” to help repair the mountain lion‘s skin. It’s incredible — the unique advances we’re taking in science these days!

Hopefully, that mountain lion, and other disturbed wildlife in the area, will make a speedy recovery with this new biological treatment.

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Thumbnail Photo: KTLA Los Angeles

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