Traffic police who pulled over a couple for a driving offence were astonished when they found a live tiger in their boot.
Public Security Department officials in El Marques, Mexico, stopped the car on State Highway 200-210 on Tuesday morning.
They had signalled for the driver to pull over, but when they went to inspect their luxury SUV, the couple behaved aggressively and tried to speed away. The pair were halted in their tracks when the officers quickly parked a patrol car in their path, blocking their getaway route.
Suspects Manuel and Orfelina — whose surnames are being withheld due to strict local privacy laws — were arrested.
Officers were shocked when they found four handguns and 98 live rounds of ammunition during a search of the vehicle. But they could barely believe it when they opened the boot and found a live tiger cub among a stack of suitcases and rucksacks.
A video of the moment shows the police doing their best to keep the curious cub calm before expert animal handlers arrive. And the cub — which looks healthy and unharmed — seems to be used to playing with people.
The young tiger was confiscated by officers, who have handed it on to wildlife experts. The trafficking of wild animals is considered a criminal offence in Mexico. The Attorney General's Office is investigating the case.
Tragic find inside suitcase dumped in car park
Just days ago, seven kittens were found dumped inside a suitcase. The sad discovery was made at a car park in Athelstone, Adelaide, shortly after 8am on Christmas Day.
A local came across the suitcase next to Athelstone Recreation Reserve while on his daily walk and went to investigate. Tapping the suitcase he quickly discovered there were kittens inside, four of which are 10 weeks old and three that are three weeks old, the RSPCA said.
"To be zipped up inside a dark, airless suitcase is such an awful thing for any animal to endure," RSPCA SA Rescue Officer Nalika van Loenen said on Monday.
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