Tiger Cubs Bond at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Endangered Tiger Cub Leaves National Zoo After Mother Rejects Him

The little tiger cub confiscated from an alleged smuggler's vehicle at the California-Mexico border last month now has a new friend to play with! The other tiger cub, rejected by its mother.

The Bengal tiger cub rescued during a smuggling attempt at the US-Mexico border will be joined Monday by a Sumatran tiger cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

The pair "took to each other immediately", the zoo said, and keepers will watch them for 24 hours.

"We are beyond thrilled to welcome this tiger cub", Andy Blue, associate curator of mammals at the Safari Park, said in a statement.

If things keep going well, visitors at the safari park will be able to see them both in action through the zoo's nursery window.


The Sumatran cub was born July 11. Her behavior grew more aggressive to the point that she refused to feed the cub and stopped producing milk for him.

They moved the cub to a separate enclosure next door, with a viewing area that enabled him to maintain visual contact with his mom.

Keepers say Damai entered the mating cycle, so it was impossible for the cub to be reintroduced to his mom.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials handed the male cat over to the care of the Safari Park.

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