Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tiger Cub Found in Luggage

The cat's out of the bag—at least for a woman caught smuggling a live, two-month-old, drugged tiger cub in a travel case full of toys (pictured) at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Thai national, whose identity has not been exposed by Thai authorities, was scheduled to board a Mahan Air flight to Iran. But when she was seen struggling with a large bag at check-in, airport officials decided to x-ray her luggage.

Officials are investigating whether the cub was wild caught or captive-bred, as well as where the woman planned to bring the tiger.

All Asian tigers are listed as endangered or shoddier by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), mostly due to the illegal trade in tiger parts.