Citing money and morality, Uruguay's financially pressed capital zoo is giving away its tigers

The municipal zoo in Uruguay's capital is giving up its two tigers, bending to pressure from animal rights protesters and a lack of funds. They are being sent to a sanctuary in the United States.

Many municipal zoos have tried to transform themselves into animal conservation societies, replacing cramped iron cages with more natural animal pens and fostering habitat preservation to support the remaining animals in the wild.

But there's no space or money to do that in Montevideo.

The city spends about $1,000 per month just to feed the tigers, but authorities say social pressure was a more important factor than the money.