| Bengal Tiger Cub Rescued, Given New Home in San Diego Zoo
A weeks-old Bengal tiger cub that was allegedly smuggled into the US from Mexico by a Californian teenager has been given a new home in San Diego Zoo. The tiny male cub was discovered by Customs and Border Protection officers between a passenger's legs at the Otay Mesa border crossing on Wednesday, USA Today reported. The young tiger was seized by customs officers and brought to the Paul Harter Veterinary Hospital at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Californian Luis Eudoro Valencia was reportedly charged with smuggling and unlawful importation of wildlife for attempting to smuggle the animal. The teenager told investigators he bought the tiger for $300 in Tijuana, Mexico. Valencia was released on a $10,000 bond and he is due to appear at a preliminary hearing in early September. A thorough health check revealed that the tiger was in good condition, the zoo said in a statement. His heart and lungs sound good, his blood work looked great and, since he took a bottle from us, it's a good