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Young jaguar rescued from Tulum home for lack of dignified treatment

Tulum, Q.R. — A female jaguar was removed from a private home in Tulum after environmental officers found the animal suffering lack of dignified treatment.

The one-year-old jaguar was removed from a home in the town of Francisco Uh May in the municipality of Tulum.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) sezied the animal after they say she was subjected to undignified and disrespectful treatment facing conditions of confinement in a small 2 meter by 1.5 meter cage in the backyard.

The rescue of the animal came after a citizen filed a complaint of someone in possession of a captive jaguar. A visit to the home led inspectors to the backyard where they found the cat in a cage 2 meters long by 1.55 meters wide and 1.30 meters high.

Inside was an even small box, 1.0 meter by 0.80 meter high, that was used as a shelter. The homeowner said he found the jaguar in the jungle as a baby and took it home to care for it.

Profepa officers requested support from the team of veterinarians specializing in wildlife management of the Animal Health Area of the Ecocacheological Park Xcaret, as well as personnel from the National Alliance for the Conservation of the Jaguar.

She was transferred to a Management Unit for the Conservation of Wildlife for proper care. Jaguars are a protected species in Mexico.