SAN DIEGO, Cali. (KIFI/KIDK) - A Sumatran tiger cub from Washington D.C.'s National Zoo was flown to San Diego on Monday (September 11) to join a younger Bengal tiger discovered during a smuggling attempt from Mexico.
The nine-week-old Sumatran male had been separated from its mother and bottle fed since early August as the mother wasn't producing enough milk and had started to show aggressive behavior toward the cub.
Meanwhile, the staff at San Diego Zoo were caring for another male tiger cub that was confiscated on August 23 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, during an inspection at the U.S.-Mexico border entry near San Diego.
In a collaborative effort, both zoos' staff determined the best solution for the well-being of the National Zoo cub was to transfer it to San Diego.
Initially, the plan was to give the new addition from Washington D.C. a few days to settle in before introducing the two cubs.
However, because the young cub showed no signs of stress upon his arrival in San Diego, animal care staff decided to introduce the two tigers for a brief period. The cubs took to each other immediately, and interacted by wrestling, jumping and engaging in a lot of friendly play fighting.