Monday, 16 June 2014

Smugglers throw tigers at police during car chase

Illegal wildlife traders tried to stop a police chase by throwing two tigers out of the back of the truck they were travelling in. The two Indochinese tigers were drugged at the time.

The chase began on the evening of June 13th when traffic police became suspicious of a truck in Nghe An Province in Vietnam. The truck had no number plates on and so the officers ordered the truckto stop. When it failed to stop the police gave chase and during the pursuit the traders dumped thetigers weighting 90kg and 75kg into the path of the police car to stop it.

The animals were taken to the Pu Mat National Park and the police are currently looking for the poachers or traders.

The Indochinese tiger is officially classed as an endangered species on the IUCN Red list though many believe that because of recent declines it should now be classed as critically endangered. Current estimates put the number of Indochinese tigers at approx. 350 in the wild.

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