Mexican Authorities Rescue a Bengal Tiger Cub in Express Mail Package

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Bengal tigers are an endangered species, with only 2,500 Bengal tigers left in the wild. They are decreasing in number because of habitat loss and are often killed for their skin and body parts to make traditional Asian medicines.

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Authorities from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, in Mexico, rescued a two-month-old Bengal tiger cub, inside a blue plastic box full of newspapers, that was being shipped through express mail packaging. Officials heard noises coming from inside the box and detection dogs sniffed towards the live tiger. The cub was sedated and had no food or water according to CNN.

Telesur reported that the cub was intended to be shipped to Queretaro from the Nueva Central de Autobuses, and is currently in the custody of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.