When we rescued litter-mates Assad and Zahra in January of 2018, we knew that they were both intact and living together. We neutered Assad immediately, but decided to wait to spay Zahra to ensure that she wasn’t already pregnant. Well, apparently she was already about 2 months pregnant when we rescued them, because she gave birth to a single male cub on 3/6/18. We left the cub with her for 6 hours, hoping she would care for him. While observing them, we also spoke with a big cat specialist from the USDA who has published books about raising cubs. Despite his persistent cries, Zahra would not nurse the baby, nor would she allow him close enough to keep him warm. We finally had to make the decision to remove him and hand-rear him in our vet clinic. His body temperature by this time wouldn’t even register. He is now being cared for in our vet clinic 24 hours a day. He’s growing quickly!