A 3-month old Bengal tiger cub was found roaming through the streets of Hemet, California on Thursday and sent to a shelter for aid.
The abandoned tiger was transferred about 60 miles to an animal shelter in Phelan, which is licensed to handle and treat exotic animals and currently houses eight adult tigers.
“I have never seen a tiger cub come through our doors in 20 years,” said Joel Almquist, a wildlife expert.
“He’s in good condition, and in good spirits,” he said.
The 25-pound cub was found declawed and will need surgery to remove a hernia from his abdomen. But he’ll get a lot of care and love – with regular bottle feedings, a meat-rich diet and plenty of room to run around.
The cub will stay at the shelter until the California Department Wildlife decide where he’ll end up.