Zoo Working to Save Baby Tiger Cub Found in Garbage Can

From NOTICE News Daily for March 21, 2023

A baby tiger cub was recently found in a garbage can in a zoo in Athens, Greece. It’s believed that the cub was a victim of illegal wildlife trade. Veterinarians are working to save her life, but the cub is in poor health due to being improperly cared for.


Sadly, it’s not uncommon for people to abandon unwanted pets, but it’s not everyday that you see an animal like this— in a garbage can.

This baby tiger cub was recently found in a garbage can in the parking lot of Attica Zoological Park in Athens, Greece.

Sound: “I was advised by one of the employees … that below one of the bins at the end of the zoo, at the parking in fact, there is this big white cat and he was a bit surprised and I said what do you mean? And he said well come and see so I went there and to my great surprise this big white cat, it was a baby tiger cub. It was in a bad state, it was dirty, it was a bit afraid, it looked thin and dehydrated.” 

It’s assumed the cub was a victim of an illegal wildlife trade.

The cub was clearly not well cared for and veterinarians are working hard to save her life.

Sound: “I have read many reports of victims of the illegal wildlife trade but until you see it in front of you, you cannot grasp the severity of the health issues its faced with. It’s very sad… She was probably fed an improper diet, and she is severely deficient in vitamins and minerals, and this makes her bones extremely fragile.” 

Exotic pets are actually big business throughout the world, especially here in the United States.

An estimated 3,900 tigers live in the wild, while about 5,000 live in captivity in the United States, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

The head zookeeper in Athens warned that tigers definitely shouldn’t be kept as pets due to their size and killer instinct.