A man has been arrested in Mexico after taking his unusual pet for a walk – a 77lb Bengal tiger.
Mexican National Guard unit were on a patrol tour in the municipality of Zamora, in the western state of Michoacán, when they spotted the female bengal being walked by a man on the side of a road that connects the cities of Morelia and Jiquilpan.
The soldiers arrested the man, identified as Atanacio G., for failing to produce the necessary legal documents to prove ownership of the wild cat, Mexico’s attorney general office said Monday.
A member of a local fire department in Michoacán, Mexico, poses with a female tiger after she was confiscated by the National Guard while being walked by a man on the side of a road
The female bengal weighed 77 pounds and was found to be in good health condition
Members of Mexico’s National Guard were patrolling the western city of Zamora last week when then encountered a man who was walking a female bengal on the side of a road that connects the cities of Morelia and Jiquilpan
The Bengal weighed 77 pounds and was found to be in good health after it was examined by a local veterinarian.
The cat was placed in custody of the Zamora municipal fire department, which posted several images of the cub on its Facebook account.
One of the firemen held the tiger up-close while posing for a photo.
The fire department provided care for the tiger before transferring over its care Monday to the office of Mexico’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection [PROFEPA], which would ensure the tiger’s safety.
The office of Mexico’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection [PROFEPA] has taken over the custody of the tiger to ensure its wellness
The wild cat was held by the fire department in the western Mexican city of Zamora before its care was transferred to the officer of Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection
A police officer in Zamora, Mexico, holds the female tiger moments after it was confiscated