Key Art of "Summer of Rockets" featuring Keeley Hawes and Toby Stephens.

Summer of Rockets

Start watching
6HWbNHN-show-poster2x3-c7tgE2Y.png

Artbound

Start watching
FZG3mkG-show-poster2x3-nOossfs.png

SoCal Update

Start watching
Death in Paradise Series 10

Death in Paradise

Start watching
millionaire still

KCET Must See Movies

Start watching
MZihTLV-show-poster2x3-5CKaGu8.jpg

Independent Lens

Start watching
MJ250sC-show-poster2x3-Bflky7i.png

Tending Nature

Start watching
Southland Sessions

Southland Sessions

Start watching
HvlSxHY-show-poster2x3-4ik43uV.png

Earth Focus

Start watching
City Rising

City Rising

Start watching
Lost LA

Lost LA

Start watching
Member
Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Learn about the many ways to support KCET.
Support Icon
Contact our Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams.

Camera Catches 'Missing' Lion Kitten, Sibling, Mom in Santa Monicas

Support Provided By
p33-cropped-3-4-15-thumb-630x361-88978
Puma kitten P-33 | Photo: Santa Monica Mountains NRA

Staff at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area got some welcome news by way of a camera trap recently: P-33, a 15-month old puma kitten who had been feared dead, showed up looking quite healthy indeed in some of the images.

The automated photo session in February captured P-33, her brother P-32, and their mama P-19, snacking on a deer carcass in a spot not far from the Ventura County line in the National Recreation Area. P-33 hadn't been seen in some months and was feared dead: she, her brother, and another littermate P-34 have been tracked since they were about a month old.

The National Park Service made the photos available Wednesday on the Santa Monica Mountains NRA Facebook page. We've shared a few here. Due to the presence of the unfortunate deer that made up the pumas' meal, some of the photos might be disturbing to sensitive readers. If that isn't you, keep reading.

It's clear from the photos that at least in February, both kittens and Mom were looking great. Here's P-33, the rumors of whose death were clearly exaggerated, in apparent good health:

p33-glamour-3-4-15-thumb-630x354-88980
P-33 | Photo: Santa Monica Mountains NRA

 

As NPS staff point out in their photo captions on Facebook, the photos give a glimpse into how pumas eat their food. Here, P-33 shears off a hunk of meat by using the knife-like carnassial teeth on the side of her mouth:

P33-chewing-3-4-15-thumb-630x354-88982
P-33 chewing | Photo: Santa Monica Mountains NRA

 

Brother P-32 is looking pretty fit himself as he examines the camera mechanism:

p32-sniff-3-4-15-thumb-630x420-88984
Curious cat | Photo: Santa Monica Mountains NRA

 

Sister P-34 apparently wandered off on her own to make her new life before these photos: puma cubs tend to stay with Mom until they're about a year and a half old. Santa Monica Mountains NRA staff suggest that P-33 and P-32 have probably headed out on their own by now as well. So this shot, which manages to get all three cats in the frame, is a little poignant now. P-19 (Mom) is on the left, P-32 on the right, and that's P-33 taking a little post-meal rest in the background between the other two:

all-three-3-4-15-thumb-630x420-88986
The family | Photo: Santa Monica Mountains NRA

 

And no collection of photos of one of North America's most fearsome predators is complete without the obligatory photobomb.

p19-photobomb-thumb-630x420-88988
Mom is the bomb | Photo: Santa Monica Mountains NRA

 

You can see the rest of the photos in the set on the Santa Monica Mountains NRA's Facebook page.

Support Provided By
Read More
Black Lives Matter supporters march through downtown Los Angeles on the first anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Los Angeles, Sacramento Announce Reparations Coalition on Juneteenth

Mayors, including Los Angeles and Sacramento, form reparations and equity coalition on new federal holiday to push for national reparations. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti also announces the formation of an advisory committee, paving the way for a local reparations pilot project.
An asphalt surface is covered in various encampments. A boy is walking across the frame.

'It's a Mission': Volunteers Treat Migrants Massing at Border

A growing number of Mexican and Central American migrants are trying to cross into the U.S. at the southern border. Volunteers at one free clinic in Tijuana tend to the health needs of migrants waiting for their immigration cases to come up — and simply trying to survive in packed and dangerous encampments.
An older Vietnamese American woman practices self-defense moves on a volunteer.

How the #ProtectOurElders Movement Helped Create a Wave of First-Time Asian American Activists

A rise in attacks on Asian Americans has led to a burst of new groups. But what is their staying power?