Friday, June 20, 2008

Tiger smugglers in Texas?

Federal authorities continue to investigate the parking lot sale of six Bengal tigers they believe were bound for Mexico. 49-year-old Michelle Ashton of Calvert, TX, was charged with misdemeanor interference with public duties, after she allegedly became disruptive with police Sunday. The investigation started when a police officer spotted Ashton exchanging pet cages with people at a store parking lot. The astute patrol officer moved in and noticed that the animals inside were no ordinary kitties. They were six endangered Bengal tiger cubs. Investigators believe the cubs were possibly headed to Mexico without proper permits. The tiger cubs are now at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Zoo officials say the cubs are in excellent condition. The three male and three female cubs, believed to be two to eight weeks old, are receiving veterinary care at the zoo. Source: chron.com

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