Two lion and two leopard cubs rescued from Jessore were brought to Bangaban-dhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur yesterday.
The safari park's veterinary officer, Dr Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, said the lion cubs, aged around two and a half months, are of African origin while the species of the leopard cubs, about one and a half months old, became almost extinct in Bangladesh.
At these ages, the cubs live on milk, the official said, adding that they might have been unfed for the last couple of days. The four cubs were kept under intensive monitoring at the veterinary hospital unit of the safari park. After recovery, they will be released in the park.
The forest department officials and law enforcers rescued the four cubs while they were being smuggled out of the country through the Benapole Land Port on Monday.
Meanwhile, two persons -- Kamruzzaman Babu, and Rana Bhuiya, arrested in this connection -- were sent to jail yesterday, said police.
Earlier in the day, police filed a case with Jessore Kotwali Police Station under the Wildlife Protection Act.
[Our Gazipur and Benapole correspondents contributed to the report]