Burbank animal control officers Tuesday rescued two malnourished mountain lion cubs that were hiding under a parked car — but not before residents reportedly tried hitting them with a broomstick.
The cubs weigh 5 pounds each and were taken to a refuge in Calabasas.
Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said residents called in the cubs' location in the 600 block of East Orange Grove Avenue about 10:30 a.m. The cubs were so small, they were initially reported as baby bobcats.
Some residents were using brooms to try to hit the cubs or shoo them away, Ryburn said.
The cubs were first taken to the Burbank Animal Shelter, where it was determined they were 10-week-old mountain lions, he said.
Cindy Reyes, executive director of the refuge, stressed that residents should not attempt to engage wildlife, no matter how small, and should instead call animal control officers.