An endangered Sumatran tiger cub arrived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Monday from the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and zoo officials are quite excited about the new addition.
The little tiger cub confiscated from an alleged smuggler's auto at the California-Mexico border last month now has a new friend to play with!
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A tiger cub that was rejected by his mother now has a home at the San Diego Zoo.
Officials say he was born on July 11 at the national zoo to mom Damai, who was on a "breeding loan" from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
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Zoo keepers will closely watch them for the next day or so.
"After numerous attempts to keep the mother and cub together, the animal care team decided it was in the cub's best interest to separate them", the zoo said. He was then taken to the zoo's Safari Park for care. If everything goes well, the zoo said, visitors will be able to see the cubs.
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The 9-week-old male has been fed by humans since the beginning of last month because its mother either was not producing enough milk or had stopped milk production altogether. "His keepers reported he did extremely well during the flight - slept most of the way".