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Couple Who Bought 'Kitten' Online Find Out It's Actually A Tiger Cub

Couple Who Bought 'Kitten' Online Find Out It's Actually A Tiger Cub

A couple in France filed a police report after buying a kitten only for it turn out to be a tiger cub.

The unnamed couple, who live in Le Havre, forked out 'several thousand euros' for a Savannah cat after spotting an advert online, but got more than then they bargained for when they were given a baby tiger.

A Savannah cat is a cross between a wild serval cat and a domestic cat. They are legal to own in France - whereas tigers are not legally allowed and are protected by the CITES treaty meaning they cannot even be transported without the proper paperwork.

A Savannah cat - the type the couple thought they were buying. Credit: Newsflash
A Savannah cat - the type the couple thought they were buying. Credit: Newsflash
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The 2018 incident started after the couple made a deal with the seller to hand over €6,000 (£5,484) for the 'kitten' upon arrival. But when the seller turned up, they were carrying a three-month old Indonesia tiger, something which appeared to go unnoticed by the buyers.

Despite looking markedly different, the couple told police they were unaware they had been given a tiger cub for a few days and once they suspected something was wrong, they called the cops who then launched an investigation.

The tiger, which is a Sumatran tiger, is a protected species and cannot be kept as a pet.

Police said they were initially unclear where the animal came from but say it had been in various selfies and even appeared in a rap video filmed in Normandy.

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The investigation, from the Regional Intervention Group of the National Police and the Departmental Security, has now drawn to a close after two years.

Police said a total of nine people have been arrested, including the couple who bought the big cat, on charges related to trafficking a protected species. Others are also facing charges related to organised crime.

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According to France Bleu, the tiger was in good health when it was rescued and was handed over to the French Biodiversity Office, before it was eventually given a new home although it was not revealed where this was.

Last year, a woman from Malaysia was arrested after she was found to have a rare bear in her flat, thinking it was a rescue dog.

Zarith Sofia Yasin was arrested after it was discovered that she had been keeping the baby sun bear in her Kuala Lumpur home.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: France, Animals

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]