Starving tigers found covered in excrement in tiny cages in lorry during exhausting transfer from Italy to Russian circus are recovering in Polish zoo after dramatic rescue operation

Starving tigers found covered in excrement in tiny cages in lorry during exhausting transfer from Italy to Russian circus are recovering in Polish zoo after dramatic rescue operation

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Nine stranded who were found emaciated and dehydrated after they were shipped from Italy are slowly recovering thanks to two Polish zoos. The endured a gruelling journey through Europe last month during which a tenth feline died.

The big cats were found starving and covered in their own excrement in cages while being transported to a in Russia. But seven are now eating and have received vitamins and mineral salts at one of the zoos in Poznan, western Poland.

Seven of the tigers are now eating and have received vitamins and mineral salts at one of the zoos. Pictured: Male tiger Samson

Zoo workers said the three males and four females are still stressed and aggressive and currently eating only half their customary five to six kilos daily diet of beef and horsemeat.

Vets say the amount must be increased only incrementally after the animals endured several days with no food at all. Two others were housed in another zoo and are in a better condition.

Polish authorities said last week they had charged two Italian truck drivers, and a Russian man believed to have organised the journey, with animal abuse.

Zoo workers said the three males and four females are still stressed and aggressive and currently eating only half their customary five to six kilos daily diet of beef and horsemeat. The zoos took them in after animal lovers started a fund to create a refuge for animals in distress which Poznan will host.

The zoos took them in after animal lovers started a fund to create a refuge for animals in distress which Poznan will host. They hope to raise 1.4 million euros (more than £1.2 million) and have gathered around a quarter of that sum already.

Polish authorities said last week they had charged two Italian truck drivers, and a Russian man believed to have organised the journey, with animal abuse.

Zoo workers said the three males and four females are still stressed and aggressive and currently eating only half their customary five to six kilos daily diet of beef and horsemeat. Pictured: Softi

The truck that set off from Italy on October 22 carrying the tigers got stuck for days on the border with Belarus. They were said to be bound for a zoo in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan. The truck drivers remain in Polish detention and their lorry has been impounded.

It remains unclear who owns the animals – the head of a breeding facility in Rome or the owners of the Dagestan zoo which was due to receive them as a gift.

The zoos took them in after animal lovers started a fund to create a refuge for animals in distress which Poznan will host. Pictured: Male tiger Kan

A Poznan zoo spokesman said it was out of the question for the tigers to be sent to either and that they would ultimately be transferred to a special facility in Spain run by Dutch association Animal Advocacy and Protection.

The Poznan zoo had described the tigers as ’emaciated, dehydrated, with sunken eyes, excrement stuck to their fur, urine burns, in a total state of stress, without the will or desire to live’ when they were discovered.

An animal transport truck with an Italian license plate, in which customs discovered nine exhausted and starving tigers

According to organisations, only between 3,200 and 3,900 tigers live in the wild around the world. Another 7,000 are held in captivity, mainly in Asia.

This article was first published by The Mail Online on 9 November 2019.


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Diane
Diane

I hope the perpetrators of this brutal disregard for these animals well-being are incarcerated for a long, long time!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

More human cruel and stupid does

Lois Carol Wessels
Lois Carol Wessels

Barbaric – words fails me