Pets & Animal

Wild animals kept as pets in San Antonio find new home elsewhere in Texas

Two animals under the care of the San Antonio Zoo after being kept as pets have now found their permanent – and legal – home.

A tiger cub and bobcat were briefly under the care of zoo officials after being confiscated by Bexar County sheriff’s deputies in March. The tiger cub will now call Houston’s Downtown Aquarium home, while the bobcat will be housed at the Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport.

“We are honored to have assisted in this effort and to be the bridge to get these cats to their news homes and much improved lives,” said Tim Morrow, the zoo’s president and CEO.

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Veterinarians and animal care specialists tended to the two animals after being confiscated in March.

Veterinarians and animal care specialists tended to the two animals after being confiscated in March.

Courtesy of San Antonio Zoo

The animals spent the last few weeks being tended to by the San Antonio attraction’s veterinarians and animal care specialists. This is often the case when law enforcement comes across animals that are being kept as pets illegally.

While an aquarium may seem like an odd place for a tiger cub to end up, the animal will likely feel right at home with the other Bengal tigers. In 2019, the Houston attraction made a multi-million dollar expansion to its tiger habitat, which includes both indoor and outdoor spaces.