Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

How two lonely tiger cubs became friends at the San Diego Zoo

How two lonely tiger cubs became friends at the San Diego Zoo

The two cubs were introduced at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where their adorable tussling was recorded on video.

"Now that Damai is no longer displaying the maternal behaviors we once saw, our best option is to pair him with the cub at San Diego Zoo", he said.

The new arrival is a nine-week-old endangered male Sumatran tiger, whose mother was increasingly aggressive toward him during nursing, zoo officials said.

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 the San Diego Zoo.

"We knew we had one, similar age".

But on September 4, Damai entered a mating cycle, making reunification with the cub impossible, zoo officials said, and the decision was made to send him here.

Tiger cubs play at San Diego Zoo Safari Park A teenager from Perris tried to smuggle the Bengal tiger cub into the U.S. and take it home as a pet. Luis Valencia, 18, was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in August. When he was about 19 days old, zoo keepers say they noticed Damai started acting aggressively toward the cub when he was trying to eat.

The IUCN lists the Bengal tiger as endangered, with roughly 1,700 in the wild.

They were allowed to see each other for about a half-hour, and then they were allowed to get in physical contact. They ended up having to separate the two, and while the cub indicated that he wanted to see the mother, she did not reciprocate.

Mr Blue said the introduction went "very well".

Because the Sumatran did well on the flight from Washington, the keepers opted to let the cubs meet Monday afternoon in the Safari Park's nursery.

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