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Two exotic cats discovered in wooden boxes during drug check

Tijuana, Baja California — Two exotic cats have been discovered inside shipping boxes at the Tijuana airport in Baja California.

Federal police found the two baby cats in separate wooden shipping crates, neither of which accompanied the paperwork required to have such animals. Inside the parcel area, police found a baby Bengal tiger and black jaguar.

The package originated in the state of Mexico, bound for a destination in Tijuana. The General Law of Wildlife prohibits the shipment of these types of animals without the proper documents. The animals were seized by local police who said the babies have been passed on to the appropriate wildlife authorities.

The animals were found by airport police while they carried out a routine drug inspection on arriving shipments. Animal trafficking and the exploitation of animals is illegal in Mexico. Hundreds of animals are found each year and seized by authorities for rescuing.