Victims of the illegal animal trade!3-month-old white tiger cub in Greece abandoned in trash can with metal needles hidden in hind legs, malnourished and weak bones
Attica Zoological Park in Athens, Greece recently actively rescued a white tiger cub that was discarded in a trash can. When it was found, it was weak and dehydrated, and its life was in danger. The zoo veterinarian treated it urgently. When he regains his health, he will act like a baby with the veterinarian. The zoo judged that the abandoned white tiger cub was only 3 months old and should be a victim of the illegal wildlife trade.
On February 28, a cleaner at the Attica Zoo found the baby white tiger in a trash can in the parking lot, and then notified the park urgently. The zoo owner, Jean-Jacques Lesueur, said that they had encountered many small animals that were abandoned There are many cases, such as puppies, kittens, turtles, etc., but I have never encountered an abandoned white tiger. After a veterinary examination, it was found that the cub suffered from “metabolic bone disease”, which is a common animal disease in the illegal trade. X-rays also showed that there was a metal needle in its hind leg, and it was severely deficient in vitamins and minerals due to improper diet. Substance, bones are quite fragile. After treatment, the baby white tiger recovered well, but because Attica Zoo has no white tigers, it is expected to be transferred to other animal sanctuaries after recovery.
The zoo urgently traced the source of the white tiger cub, believing that it was illegally imported into Greece. It was originally used as a pet and then abandoned. Through the monitor, it was found that the day before the park found the white tiger baby, a car was parked near the trash can. The authorities are currently tracking the license plate information. Andrea Cerny, a cat breeder, reminded that tigers are the largest among cats, can grow up to 2 meters, are aggressive, difficult to care for, and are completely unsuitable as pets. Europol stated that the value of the European wildlife trade industry is as high as 1 billion euros (approximately NT$33 billion), and the source of European wildlife trade is mostly from Asia and Africa.