A rare Siberian tiger cub has been rescued after it was found living inside a plastic dog kennel at a restaurant in Mexico.
The female kitten’s owners did not have a licence to keep the big cat, which was only four to five months old.
According to local media, when the cub was not being displayed for the public inside the restaurant, it was chained up outside.
But during the night, the big cat slept in a dog kennel, outside the unnamed restaurant in Mexico City.
The tiger was confiscated by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) .
The animal was suffering from hypocalcaemia (calcium deficiency) and is currently receiving medical
treatment, according to Profepa.
The environmental authority said that the tiger was transferred to the Unit for Animal Handling (UMA) for expert care.
According to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Siberian tigers are considered endangered.
Siberian tigers are native to north-eastern China and the east of Russia.
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