For 7 Days This Crate Waited At The Airport, Hiding A Tragic Surprise

Andrea A.

Seven days.


Source : Animals LebanonThat's how long it took before the big box that was lying in a corner of the Beirut airport was opened. The employees found three Siberian tiger cubs trapped inside, only four months old and covered in urine and excrement.


Source : Animals LebanonThe Siberian tiger is a particularly threatened species. Its fur is highly valued and various body parts are sold in southeast Asia, where they are believed to have medical and therapeutic traits.The association that took the cubs in,Animals Lebanon, wrote:

Nothing indicated that the box contained tigers or even live animals, and there were no details of a shipper or receiver.

Source : Animals Lebanon

They were sent fromNikolaev, in Ukraine, and were supposed to arrive at theSamer al-Husainaw zoo in Damascus, Syria, but the transfer was delayed and the association had to pressurize a judge to allow the opening of the crate. The little ones were finally freed and they were covered in maggots.


Source : Animals Lebanon

The judge then authorized the association to take the babies under its wing and to help them recover. Animals Lebanon hope to send the cubs into a sanctuary once they will be ready, instead of the zoo they were destined for.


Source : Animals Lebanon

Before their rescue they only had barcodes for names, but now the three babies are called May, Tanya and Antoun. They each have their own, unique personality.Jason Mier, a member of the association, explained:

Antoun is more shy than the others but they all play well with each other and are much more settled in now.

Source : Animals Lebanon

The tiger cubs were vaccinated and are currently recovering from their terrible journey in the association's shelter. Sadly, they are still not completely out of harm's way and still risk being shipped off to Syria.

STOP BABY TIGERS FROM ENDING UP IN THE BLACK MARKET!OUTRAGED?!?! SHARE this terrible story and help protect these three Siberian tigers.Stuck for seven days covered in their own urine and feces in a tiny maggot infested crate. They were shoved in a crate that was only 42 centimeters high while the animals were about 60 centimeters tall. These tigers were saved from further cruel suffering and possibly death by an order of a judge.They arrived a week earlier on a flight from Ukraine and were supposedly destined to a zoo in Syria.Nothing indicated that the box contained tigers or even live animals, and there were no details of a shipper or receiver. Other than an Air Waybill number, the box was completely unmarked…These four month old tigers are now in Animals Lebanon care. A specialized wildlife vet was flown in to give them all a medical examination. Their paw pads were raw and red from being covered in urine, and were their back legs and thighs. They had not received the proper vaccinations so all three were vaccinated. Only one tiger was found to have a microchip, though documents state that all three should have been microchipped.They are improving – but they are still at risk! Big cats can be worth tens of thousands of dollars on the black market. The owner is fighting to get them back, and we are fighting for the tigers and rule of law.Siberian tigers are protected under the Convention on International Tarde of Endangered Species (CITES). They can only be traded under very specific circumstances, and only when a number of other conditions are met.Officials have already stated that the transport conditions do not meet the regulations of CITES or IATA Live Animal Regulations. The owner, exporter and shipper is one man listed as 'Private Entrepreneur'...Animals Lebanon submitted today our case asking for the animals not just to be seized, but to be permanently confiscated.The Ministry of Agriculture, Judge of Urgent Matters and Customs have all made the right decisions. Now they need a decision to permanently protect them and prevent them from becoming part of the multibillion dollar wildlife trafficking industry!Publié par Animals Lebanon sur jeudi 30 mars 2017

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