Confiscated Bengal tiger cub gets new playmate

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The little tiger cub confiscated from an alleged smuggler's car at the California-Mexico border last month now has a new friend to play with. (San Diego Zoo Safari Park)

A little tiger cub confiscated from an alleged smuggler's car at the California-Mexico border last month now has a new friend to play with.

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. had another cub that needed to be separated from its overly aggressive mother, so keepers decided the best solution would be to fly him to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where the confiscated cub was being cared for.
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A California teenager who says he bought a Bengal tiger cub on the streets of Tijuana for $300 was arrested when he tried to bring it into the United States in his 2017 Chevy Camaro.



The two took to each other immediately.

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The little tiger cub confiscated from an alleged smuggler at the California-Mexico border in August has a new friend to play with.


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.

Valencia was charged with smuggling and unlawful importation of wildlife.

If convicted of smuggling, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss caused by the offense.

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