3 Tiger Cubs Spent 7 Days At The Airport, Trapped In A Tiny Filthy Box Before Someone Opened It

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Three Siberian tiger cubs were being sent by plane from Nikolaev Zoo in Ukraine to a zoo in Syria. During this time, they were at Beirut airport for seven days, stuck in a tiny crate that was only 42 centimeters high, while the cubs were 60 centimeters tall. This meant that they had little room and were forced to hunch over.

Inside the crate, they were sitting in their own urine and feces amongst tiny maggots. The box was completely unmarked, did not indicate that it was holding live animals, and had no details of a shipper or receiver.

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Animal’s Lebanon

Thankfully after seven days inside this disgusting crate, they were rescued and are now being cared for by Animal’s Lebanon. The poor cubs were in horrible shape. The bottom of their paws were extremely red and raw from standing in their urine for so long. A specialized wildlife vet came to perform an exam on them and got them all vaccinated and microchipped.

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Animal’s Lebanon

Thankfully, the cats are improving, but they are not out of the woods just yet. Because big cats are worth a pretty penny on the black market, their owner is fighting to get them back. At the same time, Animal’s Lebanon has submitted their case, asking for the tigers not just to be seized, but to be permanently confiscated from the original owner.

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Animal’s Lebanon

According to Animal’s Lebanon, Siberian tigers are protected under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species. They can only be traded under specific circumstances and only if certain conditions are met. The transport conditions of these three cubs did not meet these regulations.

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They are now waiting to hear a decision on the matter so that these cubs can be protected and kept away from the wildlife trafficking industry. In the meantime, they are being well-taken care of at Animal’s Lebanon, and are enjoying their big enclosure, lots of food, and lots of love. They never have to worry about treated poorly ever again.

Watch them in their new life where they are finally happy and safe in the video below:

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.