Tiger cubs rescued from trafficker show off fat bellies (Video)

Photo: Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation
Photo: Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation

Four chubby tiger cubs sleep cheek to cheek, showing off full bellies full just weeks after they were rescued from the wildlife trade.

The four cubs, which were underweight when they were rescued last month in northeastern Thailand, were well on the road to recovery today, according to wildlife officials, who released footage of them happily snoozing together.

National park officials said last night that the two male and two female cubs were under veterinary care at a wildlife facility in Ubon Ratchathani province.

The cubs; named Mukda, Sawan, Kham Khong, and Kham Daen; are cheerful and healthy and being fed milk powder every three to four hours.

The cubs, which initially weighed between 2 kilograms and 3 kilograms, now weigh upward of 6 kilograms. 

Undercover agents carrying out a sting arrested the suspected trafficker in November and seized his pickup truck, where they found the malnourished cubs. Their street was estimated to be about THB1.5 million ($42,000) each.

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