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Airport Workers Speechless After Realizing Animals Were Abandoned Inside Strange Crate

Three beautiful tiger cubs were packed up in a wooden shipping crate in a zoo transfer. Unfortunately, after the cubs arrived at the airport, the paperwork went wrong and the deal fell through. The poor cubs got stuck in the unmarked crate for a week at the airport and nearly died.

The three four-month-old cubs were originally from a zoo in Mykolaev, Ukraine, and were supposed to be heading to a zoo in war-torn Syria. The deal, according to the zoo directors, was performed legally. "They passed customs clearance, we have customs declarations," said a spokesperson for the Ukrainian zoo.

The zoo was supposed to be transferring the cubs for some wild cats, but when the three animals were at the Beirut airport, the deal fell through.

The crate, with no markings or documents, failed to meet regulations for transporting endangered live animals. The small, 16-inch-tall crate got stuck at the airport for an entire week.

The tiger cubs couldn't even stand up in the confined space. They were forced to urinate and defecate in there, and to lay in it for a week. They had no food or water. The crate became infested with maggots.

A Lebanese animal rights group petitioned a judge to release the tigers into their care. The judge, concerned about the health and welfare of the cubs, agreed and granted the petition.

Once freed from their tiny prison, the poor cubs were given medical examinations. "Their paw pads were raw and red from being covered in urine, as were their back legs and thighs," reported Animals Lebanon, the charity holding the cubs. "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."

The owner of the cats is fighting to get them back. Animals Lebanon are concerned because tigers can sell for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market. They're fighting to keep the tigers to ensure they are placed somewhere safe and in good care.

Source: Telegraph
Photo: Animals Lebanon

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