Houston police are expected to offer more details on how they found the tiger at a news conference later Saturday evening.
Victor Hugo Cuevas, the alleged owner of the 9-month-old male Bengal tiger, is back behind bars, but the whereabouts of the animal remain a mystery.
Animal preservation NGO, WWF, marked World Tiger Day on July 29, saying efforts to double the number of wild tigers in the world had helped the species recover in five countries.
With an average of more than 120 illegally trafficked tigers seized each year since 2000 –– which amounts to over two each week –– conservation group Traffic warned there was little sign of respite for the species.
Osman and Halime are both five months old and the only animals of their kind in Central America, National Zoo director said.
Known to hunters as T1, the tigress was shot dead in Maharashtra state after it claimed more than a dozen victims in a span of two years, sparking a controversy over the legality of its killing.
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