Greek veterinarians are combating to avoid wasting a white tiger cub deserted in a garbage bin at an Athens zoo, believed to be a sufferer of the unlawful wildlife commerce.

The three-month-old white tiger was discovered on February 28 within the car parking zone of the Attica Zoological Park by a cleaner, who notified the zoo proprietor.

“It’s the first time ever we had such an animal dumped exterior our zoo,” zoo founder Jean-Jacques Lesueur mentioned. 

“I imply, we had various circumstances of animals dumped, however normally these are deserted pets — puppies, kittens, tortoises … however a tiger? By no means.”

The zoo’s safety digicam video exhibits a car driving as much as the bins earlier than midnight the earlier evening.

Authorities have been attempting to hint the licence plates, Mr Lesueur mentioned. 

A white tiger cub licking a bowl of water
The three-month-old was deserted exterior the Attica Zoological Park.(Reuters: Stelios Misinas)

The animal, which was skinny and dehydrated, is in a critical situation.

“Once I first noticed the cub, I could not consider what I used to be seeing in entrance of me, I truthfully could not consider that an animal was in such a state,”  zoo veterinarian Noi Psaroudaki mentioned.

“She was in all probability fed an improper food regimen, and she or he is severely poor in nutritional vitamins and minerals, and this makes her bones extraordinarily fragile.”

X-rays additionally confirmed a metallic pin has been positioned in one of many cub’s again legs.

Mr Lesueur mentioned if the tiger survives it must be relocated to a sanctuary, because the zoo has no different animals of its type.

A white tiger cub in a CT machine
X-rays confirmed a metallic pin had been positioned in one of many cub’s again legs.(Reuters: Stelios Misinas)

He mentioned Worldwide wildlife and animal welfare organisations have already contacted the zoo to assist.

The zoo’s head keeper for cats, Andrea Cerny, mentioned attributable to their measurement, food regimen and aggressiveness, tigers have been troublesome to take care of.

“A tiger undoubtedly can’t be a pet. It’s a very harmful animal, with a really large killing intuition,” Ms Cerny mentioned.

“Most of those pet tigers are going to be deserted or killed.”

A close up on a white tiger cub
The cub is believed to be a sufferer of unlawful wildlife commerce.(Reuters: Stelios Misinas)

Wildlife commerce in Europe is a billion euro enterprise, in line with Europol, and Asia and Africa are widespread origins of unique animals being bought to European consumers.

“We all know that animals enter Greece illegally — snakes, tigers, like this one, it isn’t the primary time a tiger has entered,” mentioned Maria Ganoti, head of Greek wildlife rescue affiliation ANIMA, which has usually cared for wild animals which were deserted, equivalent to snakes and crocodiles.

“These normally come from entry factors like Turkey, or Cyprus, however Greece has began to turn into an entry gate for the remainder of Europe.”


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