Tiger Smuggled in Bag of Toy Tigers

A woman traveling from Thailand to Iran checked a bag before boarding her flight in Bangkok. When the bag was scanned, the x-ray images showed something suspicious. Inside the bag of stuffed toy tigers was one eight-week-old live tiger cub!
Officers from the Livestock Development Department and the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department were then called in to open the bag for inspection and discovered the tranquilized cub.

Investigations are underway to determine if the cub was wild caught or captive-bred, where it came from and the suspect’s intended final destination.

The cub is being cared for at the Rescue Center of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. DNA samples will be sent to the tiger enclosure at Khaopratab Wildlife Rescue Center in Ratchaburi Province, to determine which subspecies the cub belongs to, which will help determine its origin.

Link -via Wired

(Image credit: Sulma Warne/TRAFFIC)

See also: Ten Weird Items People Tried to Smuggle

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