Mexican authorities were shocked to discover that an express package contained a sedated tiger cub that a trafficker used in an attempt to mail the animal to a state in Queretaro. The tiger was found when a sniffer dog started showing unusual interest in the cargo.
The cub was two months old and showed signs of dehydration but was otherwise healthy and without injury. While the animals had papers showing its ownership was legal the police have still taken the animal into their custody and are pursuing charges against those responsible. The attempt to mail the creature qualifies as a form of mistreatment although it is currently unclear what charges the police will bring against those responsible.
The police posted about the unusual find on their official Facebook page, saying,
“With the support of canine officers, members of the federal forces division detected a plastic box with 'Atypical' content in a parcel company of the truck station in Jalisco.
“During the inspection, we discovered that inside the box was a Bengal tiger approximately two months old who intended to be illegally transferred and under poor conditions for the animal.
“This is an endangered species, due to illegal hunting for the acquisition of its skin. We protect life in all its manifestations! Your report changes lives, don't hesitate!”
#Jalisco Con apoyo de oficiales caninos, rescatamos a un tigre de bengala enviado por paquetería de forma ilegal y en condiciones inadecuadas para el animal. ¡Protegemos la vida en todas sus manifestaciones! Tu reporte cambia vidas, ¡no lo dudes! pic.twitter.com/VDeyEQRrbo— Policía Federal Mx (@PoliciaFedMx) 7 February 2018
The tiger is currently staying at an animal management shelter where hopefully it will get better over time and find a more appropriate home than a blue shipping container.
Tigers are an endangered species and it is estimated there are around 3890 alive in the wild. The animals are often hunted for their skins and organs which hold significant value on the black market. They have also suffered significantly as humans continue to make intrusions on their natural habitat. The good news, however, is that the tiger population has slowly begun to rise after 2010, suggesting they may be back on their way to a sustainable life.