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What happened to the tiger cub in Perris man’s smuggling case? He has a new friend

By in Press Enterprise on September 14, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A tiger cub that a Perris man is accused of trying to smuggle into the United States from Mexico has a new friend: A 9-week-old Sumatran tiger cub, San Diego Zoo officials said.

The cubs were introduced to each other Monday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Center, zoo officials said in a news release.

The cubs tumbled and played with each other in a video released by the zoo.

The Sumatran tiger cub was rejected by its mother a short time after it was born in July at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., officials said.

“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,” according to the statement.

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Tiger cub seized at Border Crossing in good health at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The animal care center was already caring for the 7-week-old Bengal tiger cub seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Aug. 23 when federal officials say Luis Euodoro Valencia tried to drive the cub across the border and into the United States.

Valencia and a passenger were stopped at the Otay Mesa border crossing because his car didn’t have license plates on it, according to federal court documents.

During an inspection, a Border Patrol officer shined a flashlight and discovered the tiger cub between his passenger’s legs, officials said.

Valencia was charged with importing an endangered species into the U.S. without a permit, as well as smuggling, according to a federal complaint. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Sept. 19, according to court records.

“Both the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the National Zoo are members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and in a collaborative effort, both […]    

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