Bengal tiger cub seized at border crossing moves into larger room with Sumatran tiger cub

The rambunctious Sumatran and Bengal tiger cubs being cared for by the animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are growing and thriving. (San Diego Zoo Global)

Remember the Bengal tiger cub seized at the U.S./Mexico border?

He has a friend.

The almost 16-pound Bengal and his 19-pound Sumatran tiger friend have moved into a larger room at the Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Center, San Diego Zoo Safari Park said this week.

When fully grown, the Bengal tiger will outweigh his Sumatran tiger friend by 200 pounds, the zoo said.

But for now, they are both still babies.

"The Bengal tiger cub is still receiving bottle feedings every three hours and is starting to eat some ground meat," the zoo said in a statement. "The Sumatran cub is taking his formula mixed with ground meat from a bowl."

Their new room includes "large climbing boxes with ladders, stuffed toys to tackle, and pillows and blankets to slide on," the Zoo said. "The room is also equipped with a special feature: a large, iron mesh window that is open to the outside. This window will provide the cubs with important enrichment, in the form of new sounds, sights and smells in the area outside the nursery."

If you happen to be in San Diego, you can check to see if the cubs are up and about from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

"If the cubs are not there," the Zoo advised, "they may be taking a short 'catnap' in their off-exhibit bedroom area, so check back."

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