Authorities in Mexico have rescued a sedated Bengal tiger cub after the animal was discovered in a plastic container – it is thought that animal traffickers meant to transfer the youngster through an express shipping service.
The baby tiger was discovered drugged inside a plastic container by the Office for Environmental Protection after being altered by sniffing dogs during a normal contraband check. There was no food or water left for the poor animal in the package, which contained the tiger cub, registry papers, and some newspaper clippings.
The item was stopped in the western state of Jalisco, Mexico, and was scheduled to be shipped to Queretaro in the country’s center area. Fortunately, the cub was unhurt, although suffering from moderate dehydration.
The tiger cub was sent to a local animal management facility after the package was seized on the grounds of animal maltreatment, and an inquiry into the event is still underway.