Siberian tiger cub rescued from restaurant where owner paraded her in front of diners

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Siberian tiger cub rescued from restaurant where owner paraded her in front of diners

The female kitten who is believed to be about four or five months old was kept chained in the yard of the food joint when the owners were not using her to amuse diners. She was found suffering from hypocalcaemia, a calcium deficiency which can cause muscle twitching and trembling, vomiting and fever at the restaurant in Mexico City. The cat is receiving veterinary treatment after inspectors from Profepa, Mexico’s federal attorney for environmental protection, seized her from the unnamed restaurant on Thursday. 

She had been sleeping in a plastic dog kennel and the owners did not hold a licence to own the tiger. 

Profepa said the feline has been transferred to the Unit for the Management of Animals (UMA). 

Wild Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, can be found in southeastern Russian as well as part of China and North Korea. 

The cats are listed as an endangered species on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

Earlier this year US border patrol officers were shocked to discover an unconscious tiger cub stuffed inside a duffel bag at the border with Mexico. 

The discovery was made in Texas in May when three people were spotted trying to cross into the US illegally. 

The group reportedly fled in the direction of Mexico, abandoning the bag, which contained the male cub aged two to four-months. 

The animal was given to a zoo for rehoming. 

In February an 18-year-old man was given a six month prison sentence for smuggling a Bengali tiger club across the Mexican border into California. 

To import or keep a tiger both in the US and Mexico, one must have a proper permit. 

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