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Tiger Cub Found in Luggage at Airport

Tiger Cub Found in Luggage at Airport

A sedated tiger cub was found in a bag with stuffed toy tigers when a traveler’s bag was screened by a random x-ray search. Airport security spotted the drugged tiger cub and confronted the bag’s owner, who denied knowing the live cub was inside. The incident took place at Bankgkok’s international airport, where the  traveler was trying to fly to Iran with the tiger cub.

The cub was taken into custody by wildlife officials and had suffered, but apparently was not permanently harmed. “He appeared exhausted, dehydrated and couldn’t walk, so we had to give him oxygen, water and lactation,” said Chaiyaporn Chareesaeng, head of the Wildlife Health Unit at the Department of National Parks’ Wildlife and Plant Conservation Center. After the cub was attended to he appeared to be stabilizing. It is possible the mishandling of the animal could have caused it to perish. According to, captive tiger cub mortality is somewhat high, even under normal conditions. “Historically, the neonatal mortality rate for captive tiger cubs within the first year was about 40%; it has improved to about 35%.” DNA tests are being used to help trace the origin of the tiger cub.

The smuggler was arrested and faces up to four years in prison for two counts of wild-life smuggling. Reportedly tiger cubs can fetch over $3,000 in Iran where they are popular exotic pets. Tigers in Asia are endangered mainly due to habitat loss and poaching. Tiger body parts are sold illegally to people in China due to superstitions they have medicinal properties.

A representative of Traffic International, a British conservation group said, “they obviously think wildlife smuggling is something easy to get away with.” Some have called for much stiffer laws to protect animals. One consideration has been to increase the prison term for smuggling a live animal to ten years.

Image Credit: The PugFather

Note: picture above is not actual tiger cub.

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4:00PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

disgusting, revolting, stupid and downright CRUEL

8:56AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

I hope he survives to be rehabilitated into the wild.

4:58AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:04PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

EVIL prick. I'd kill him along with anyone else who is in possession of endangered animals or their parts! Endangered animals MUST be protected at all costs so that they do not become extinct. At this stage of the game, many animals are more important than humans because we are in NO worry of becoming endangered or extinct as a species. Well, unless we don't stop destroying Mother Earth.

1:36AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

The smuggler should be sent to jail for much longer than 4 years! Poor little tiger...

11:38PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Thank you for posting this article, let's hope this alerts more and more people to these horrible practices by some. It is beyond me, and I guess most of the Care2 community how people can even think of doing something this rotten, sorry can't find another word.
I suppose the only way that would be possible is when your feelings of empathy have either not developed, or perhaps more likely have been squashed. Therefore, just locking someone up is not the answer......doing time and then perhaps have someone like this do a program training dogs in prison. Or a similar that would be an answer that might actually change things for the better. Let's make sure we become more creative in our 'punishments'. Once this person becomes involved personally with a dog training day in and out, a sense of connection develops.....and THAT is the answer.
We are all one! Becoming aware of that is the solution to just about problem we face these days. Namaste.

10:19PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

"UP TO four years in prison for two counts of wild-life smuggling" - that's paltry! no wonder they think they can get away with it.

6:25PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

I'm so glad they got the tiger, and they got it back on his feet, this must stop before all our wonderful wildlife is all gone, People better start thinking that there not the only ones live on this land, The wildlife have just as much rights, and stop eating the wildlife, All our wildlife is losing there land where they live, Stop and think they need a place to live to so they can run free, and don't need to worry about someone going to kill them or steal them, Let the wildlife live on for our generations to come, Stop taking there rights away from them, When the earth was made it was made for all the living, Not just for the people, They weren't put here to be taken from there homes, Or be taken for trophy,
Or be taken to be eaten, Because this is your thought of mine Think about the animals who want to live too. Wereosing to many of our wild life soon they will be gone, Then what, Then it will start a chain reaction for everything else in our lives.

3:58PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Greedy and heartless

3:48PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

umm it looks like a golden tabby which in all honesty ppl will yell at me for saying this but i don't think that cub should be released into the wild since it is like the white which means it will have a hard time thriving and surviving

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