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 Tigerlink.org, 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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William C
William C2 months ago


W. C
W. C2 months ago

Thank you for caring.

Laim P
Laim P4 months ago

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Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

disgusting, revolting, stupid and downright CRUEL

Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

I hope he survives to be rehabilitated into the wild.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

A W.
Angela Weber6 years ago

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.

Veronique L.
Veronique L6 years ago

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

Gaby D.
Gaby D6 years ago

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 project....now 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.

Emma Davey
Emma D6 years ago

"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.