USDA Cracks Down on Traveling Acts
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If cub petting displays have to identify their cubs by name, sex, age, species and identifying markings AND has to reveal who the real owners of the cubs are, then it will be easier for USDA to catch them when cubs disappear and it will be easier for USDA to see that they are using the cubs too young (under 8 weeks according to the USDA Big Cat FAQ) and too old (according to USDA court cases where they found 12 weeks to be the oldest allowed.)
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HALF MOON BAY -- A necropsy report released late Friday showed two mountain cubs shot to death by California Department of Fish and Game wardens Dec. 1 were much younger and smaller than the agency had previously stated, and Director Charlton Bonham acknowledged the agency needs to do better.
The report, conducted by Fish and Game, found the cubs were about 4 months old and weighed 13-14 pounds, the size of a house cat. Their stomachs were empty and they were in poor condition when they were gunned down while huddling under Read More
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Visitors to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo next season will see at least one new tiger and probably two.
Female Sumatran tiger Kemala is already on her way to the Toronto Zoo, and plans are for male Teddy to move, as well.
"The tiger population is changing," said Cheryl Piropato, the zoo's education and communications director. "But the plans aren't complete."
Because Sumatran tigers are so rare - the World Wildlife Federation estimates there are fewer than 400 left in the wild - the Read More
A camera trap caught video of a mother tiger and her two cubs in a protected Sumatran forest, the first evidence of breeding in this location, conservationists say.
The footage was captured in Sumatra's Sembilang National Park. Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have documented evidence before of the endangered species in nearby Berbak National Park.
The video of these big cats shows the mother and her two youngsters walking past the camera. Scientists said they estimate the cubs are less than a year Read More
Three Leopard Cubs Reunited with their Mother
Dr. Ajay received a call at 2:30 PM that three leopard cubs had been found in a nearby sugarcane field. Within an hour of receiving the call, Dr. Ajay had arrived on the scene and evaluated what needed to be done. After a thorough evaluation of the two males and one female he determined the 6 week old cubs to be in good health and that the next move should be to try and reunite them with their mother. That night, after waiting in the dark for 3 hours, the mother arrived around midnight Read More