Emporia Zoo's Orphan Mountain Lion Cub Gets His Name

Flint. That's the winning name for the David Traylor Zoo's brand-new mountain lion cub.

The poor, little guy was found next to his dead mother who was shot illegally in Washington state. He found a home at the Emporia zoo when he was just four months-old, zoo officials said when he first came to Kansas. He's doing will now and has been introduced to his new home, they added.

Flint got his name following a naming contest. After zoo staff whittled over 700 suggestions down to five finalists, people voted with their donations. The name "Flint" raised $1,285.42, just beating the second place name, "Blue." In all, the zoo raised over $3,000.

Zoo staff let him explore his outdoor exhibit on Tuesday, although they expect him to be very cautious and stay hidden until he gets comfortable.


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