Jalisco, Mexico - A two-month-old tiger cub was found in a box at a parcel shipping company in the western Mexican state of Jalisco on Monday, according to authorities.
During a routine inspection, police officials reportedly became aware of movement and sound coming from inside the box, following which a dog assigned to the Federal Forces Canine Unit sniffed out the cub, which was found without food.
The sedated Bengal cat was packaged in a blue plastic container to be shipped to Queretaro from the Nueva Central de Autobuses (bus station) in Tlaquepaque. The lid of the box was secured with tape and there were several perforations made in the container to allow air to enter.
The male cub, whose species is in danger of extinction, was lying on newspaper clippings.
The officers alerted and sought guidance from the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Federal Attorney's Office for Environmental Protection regarding the handling of the animal.
The tiger is currently in the custody of Profepa (Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente, or the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.)
Authorities will next verify that the owner has the proper permits for possession of a Bengal tiger, which is a protected species.
This is the third big cat discovered by Mexico's federal police in recent weeks.
On January 25, a female Bengal tiger cub was found at a parcel company in Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca and last Saturday a jaguar was discovered abandoned in a cage left near a highway in Chihuahua.Sources: lacronica.com • telesurtv.net