Police searching for three missing women at a remote Mexican ranch were astonished when they found an endangered Bengal tigress in an enclosure.
The incident took place near the city of Rioverde, San Luis Potosi state on 11th November.
The Mexican State Coordination of Civil Protection (CEPC) said that the tigress was located on a farm during a search to find the three missing women.
They have been named as Tania Arizbeth Chavarria Cordoba and Yatzell Morazan Loredo from Potosi, as well as Patricia Iraetha from El Salvador.
The trio have been missing from the nearby town of Ciudad Fernandez since 7th November. While the authorities did not find the three missing women, they did find the big cat.
The tigress, a Bengal tiger (a Panthera tigris tigris subspecies), was transferred to the Mexquitic Zoo. All tigers are currently listed as endangered and at ways of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The CEPC said that the “Bengal tiger is transferred from El Capulin Rioverde to the Mexquitic Zoo, because where it was located there were no security measures and management plan [….]”.
The authorities are currently looking into whether or not the feline was being kept in captivity illegally.
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