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Old 05-04-2018, 06:33 AM
 
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Old 05-04-2018, 07:52 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Tigers are from Asia. That animal did not originate in Central or South America.

I'm going to guess that there is some sort of Tiger breeding operation in Mexico or Central America. I suspect that the cub was not a wild caught tiger smuggled from India.

I think the chances are that opening a bag containing a wild tiger wouldn't go well. It's much more likely that the cub was accustomed to being handled by people and thought of them as food in a baby bottle instead of food on the hoof.

Not that animals aren't smuggled long distances. Baby chimps are smuggled from Africa, after the parent chimp was killed.
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Old 05-05-2018, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I'm going to guess that there is some sort of Tiger breeding operation in Mexico or Central America. I suspect that the cub was not a wild caught tiger smuggled from India.

I think the chances are that opening a bag containing a wild tiger wouldn't go well. It's much more likely that the cub was accustomed to being handled by people and thought of them as food in a baby bottle instead of food on the hoof.

Not that animals aren't smuggled long distances. Baby chimps are smuggled from Africa, after the parent chimp was killed.
According to one article that I read the cub might have been drugged (tranquilized). What makes me crazy is the thought that the smugglers weren't just randomly attempting to bring in a tiger cub, it had to have been ordered by somebody here in the USA.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:13 AM
 
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Isn't the first time and won't be the last. Not enough border agents to fully tackle the issue.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a8221131.html

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/an...xico-us-border
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Unfortunately for those species caught up in illegal smuggling, the problem isn't expected to get better anytime soon. A recent investigation by the San Diego Union Tribune found that inspectors were only making about 11 seizures a day for the entire country. Complicated rules for importing and exporting live species, legal loopholes, and understaffed federal inspection teams are just some of the forces working against putting a dent in the estimated $2 billion annual U.S. illegal wildlife black market.

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