The judge, seeing that the animals would die if left in such horrible conditions, allowed the cubs to be transferred to AL for treatment. The rescue organization is now caring for the cubs, hoping that the judge will ultimately allow the cubs to be confiscated because of their poor treatment and sent to sanctuary. The group has formally submitted their request for confiscation to a judge.
Sadly, these cubs are just the latest to be torn from a mother tiger in the Ukraine zoo, and they offer a glimpse into the sad lives of exotic animals trafficked for a profit.
"Since 2012 their mother has given birth to at least 12 cubs, including these three," Mier told The Dodo. "The other nine were all sold to 'private/undisclosed' buyers."