While tourist attractions, such as cub petting facilities, will often drug animals to make them more pliable, it's rare that the facilities admit to it. Yet casino reps have freely confessed to drugging the young cub, according to the Siberian Times, saying that because she was too small for an injection, they fed her a bottle laced with sedatives.
The casino has gone on to vehemently defend the drugging, saying it's standard procedure to drug animals to keep them from being overwhelmed by the casino or biting patrons.
The casino purchased the young cub, named Crystal after the casino, for around $6,800 from a zoo, according to Russian media. It's unclear why she's not with her mother, but she now lives at a nearby private zoo and will be available for the casino to parade out on demand for future "themed" parties.