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Abayomi, an orphaned puma cub

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Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma

by Darcy Pattison; illus by Kitty Harvill

32 pages; ages 6-10

Mims House, 2014

 In October, 2012 a puma cub was born in Brazil. That’s not unusual because pumas, also known as mountain lions, range across North, Central and South America. They live in a variety of habitats, from desert to swamp to forest. This particular puma lived in a forested place close enough to a city that he could see the skyscrapers every day. But while he and his mom could see the city, nobody could see them. The pumas moved between forest and human habitation silently; unseen.

One night the mother, hunting for food, revisited a chicken coop she’d raided a few weeks earlier. But this time the farmer was ready for her – with a trap. Unfortunately, the mother was injured and died, leaving the cub to fend for himself until, a month later, scientists finally rescued him.

Hop over to Archimedes Notebook to read a brief interview with author Darcy Pattison.

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One thought on “Abayomi, an orphaned puma cub

  1. Love that cover! Students will really like this book. Thanks for letting me know about it.