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1 December 2016 PHOTORECEPTOR DEGENERATION IN A MOUNTAIN LION CUB (PUMA CONCOLOR)
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An orphaned 4-mo-old female mountain lion cub (Puma concolor) was captured along the coastline in Montaña de Oro State Park in Los Osos, California, USA. Following suspicion that the cub was visually impaired, ophthalmic examination revealed diffuse bilateral retinal atrophy. Due to a poor prognosis, humane euthanasia was elected. Necropsy and histopathological findings were consistent with photoreceptor degeneration. Based on the cub's signalment, history, and histopathology, a genetic or nutritional etiology was suspected, with the former etiology more strongly supported. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of photoreceptor degeneration in a wild felid and should be considered in cases of blindness.

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Andrew R. DiSalvo, Christopher M. Reilly, K. Tomo Wiggans, Leslie W. Woods, Ray F. Wack, and Deana L. Clifford "PHOTORECEPTOR DEGENERATION IN A MOUNTAIN LION CUB (PUMA CONCOLOR)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 47(4), 1077-1080, (1 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.1638/2015-0305.1
Received: 10 January 2016; Published: 1 December 2016
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