by Alison Dorf
A contest began today to name an adorable mountain lion cub that was recently adopted by the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum.
The cub, found in the backyard of a residential home in San Jose, CA., weighed only 15 lbs. at the time of his rescue, had a massive flea and tick infestation and was dehydrated.
The cub was treated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, before he made it to his new home at ASDM in April.
Statistics on the ASDM website say the cub loves "lazing" in the shade, chasing rock squirrels and feasting on goat's milk. He is described as energetic and full of youthful curiosity.
Now 51.5 lbs., a staggering weight difference from the time of his rescue in March, the little guy needs a name.
The name entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on June 21.
According to the press release, the names should also be male or unisex, and reflect the following:
1. Reflect the Desert Museum’s mission;
2. Relate to the Sonoran Desert;
3. Relate to the scientific name for mountain lion (Puma concolor); or
4. Be inspired by names created by former Museum educator, Hal Gras.
Complete entry details and entry form can be found at Enter the Naming Contest
The Top Five Finalists will be invited to a "special celebration" on July 6, where the winner will be announced. The winner will receive a personalized gift from the mountain lion cub (interesting prize), and a free annual family membership, according to the website.