A tiger cub was found inside the trunk of a car (pictured by El Marques police) driving through El Marques, Mexico, according to a report today from the BBC.
The cub was being transported among the luggage of the SUV, and in addition to the tiger, El Marques police also found four guns and nearly 100 bullets. When the vehicle was stopped for what police said was a “minor traffic violation,” the tiger couple allegedly acted aggressively toward police, prompting police to search the vehicle.
However, before the police found the tiger, the couple tried to flee the scene. They were quickly intercepted and cut off, leading to their arrest. It is not illegal to own a tiger or exotic pet in Mexico, as long as you have the proper documentation to prove that you already own it and are keeping it legally. The BBC Speculation that the tiger was hidden may be because it is related to drug dealers who buy exotic pets. This cub is most likely on his way to the compound of some drug lord in Mexico who paid a large sum of money to buy it.
Thankfully, the tiger cubs are currently being cared for by animal experts, according to BBC. The plan is to return it to its cubs’ natural habitat, wherever possible.