Tiger Cub Smuggled to U.S. From Mexico Makes New Friend at the Zoo

Keepers thought it'd be a great match.

Weeks after a teen allegedly smuggled a baby Bengal tiger into the U.S., the cub has made a new friend at the California zoo that took him in. 

Luis Eudoro, of California, allegedly brought the baby tiger back from Mexico after he bought it for $300, but border control spotted the animal in the backseat of his car. The cub was later taken to the San Diego Safari Park Zoo.

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The cub, which has not yet been named yet, got a new friend after a 9-week-old Sumatran tiger from the National Zoo in Washington D.C. was abandoned by his mom.

Zoo officials felt it would be a once in a lifetime chance to have the cubs paired together, so the Sumatran cub was flown to the San Diego zoo Monday.

“They are getting along very well,” a zoo official told InsideEdition.com. “The cubs took to each other immediately and interacted by wrestling, jumping and engaging in a lot of friendly roughhousing, things tiger cubs do.”

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In pictures taken of the new friends, they are seen sharing hugs and kisses.

Guests are now able to see the cubs in the zoo’s nursery during operating hours.

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