Unfortunately, these cubs are only the most recent big cat cubs found being illegally shipped in Mexico. Last month, federal authorities searching through mail found a 2-month-old Bengal tiger cub that someone had been trying to ship inside a duct-taped plastic storage bin.
It’s likely that the tiger and jaguar cubs who were just found were being smuggled so they could be sold as pets or as an attraction for a roadside zoo.
According to Prashant Khetan, chief executive officer for Born Free USA, cubs smuggled through Mexico are likely to have been bred within North or Central America, and are often sold as pets. Once they grow too large to be handled by people, they are also typically sold to a zoo or another animal attraction.