Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


See The Adorable Tiger Cub Who Was Illegally Trafficked Into California

LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

A tiger cub was found lying on the floor of a 2017 Chevy Camaro by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in California, who say that the animal was being illegally trafficked into the United States.

The CBP says that around 1:30 a.m. on August 23, an 18-year-old male driver with U.S. citizenship stopped at the Otay Mesa port of entry with a 21-year-old male passenger and an officer conducting the inspection "referred the car for a further inspection," according to the agency.

The driver was arrested and the tiger cub was taken into the custody of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, who is working with the San Diego Zoo. In 1992, a white Bengal tiger cub that was being smuggled into through the San Ysidro port of entry was found in the back seat of a car; the cub was named later named Blanca and lived at the San Diego Zoo for many years.

"CBP officers are often faced with unusual situations," said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego, in a statement. "The CBP officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry met the challenge head on and assisted in preserving the life of this endangered species."