Orphaned Tiger Cub Resting, Sleeping at Alpine Sanctuary - NBC 7 San Diego

Orphaned Tiger Cub Resting, Sleeping at Alpine Sanctuary

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    A tiger cub was recovering after being found wandering Hemet. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (Published Friday, Sept. 4, 2015)

    A Bengal-Siberian tiger cub found roaming the streets of Hemet near Los Angeles has arrived at an animal sanctuary in San Diego County and is sleeping, officials said. 

    A woman turned the cub in to a humane society in San Jacinto County. She said she found the 3-month-old cub wandering her neighborhood on Thursday. Officials say the woman would not give her name.

    The abandoned animal was being cared for at an animal shelter in Phelan before it was transferred to San Diego’s Lions Tigers & Bears in the East County.

    It is being housed in isolation while the cub sleeps. The cub will have its blood samples taken over the next few days to ensure it is healthy before it is moved to the general population. 

    Bobbi Brink, with the sanctuary, said she was contacted by California Fish & Wildlife officials Friday afternoon.

    The 25-pound cub was found declawed and will need surgery to remove a hernia from his abdomen. But he’ll get a lot of care - with regular bottle feedings, a meat-rich diet and plenty of room to run around.