Friday morning two camels and a tiger were on board a trailer that was attached to a black Ford F550 pickup truck with an Ontario license plate. The truck had been taken from a motel parking lot in St. Liboire, Quebec, east of Montreal. The animals were being transported from the Maritimes back to their home at the Bowmanville Zoo.
The truck was found on Saturday without the trailer the fear is that the animals are confined to the trailer may suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke during recent hot weather conditions.
The Bowmanville zoo has sent a veterinarian and a load of medical supplies to southern Quebec to be ready when the animals are found. Being confined to the trailer may suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke during recent hot weather conditions. The trailer windows may not be open for ventilation and there are concerns the thieves may not be providing water to the animals.
The trailer is an enclose aluminum livestock trailer has an Ontario license plate number of E4398Y. Of anyone sees it call the police and open up the windows to let the heat out.
Stolen Tiger and Camels still missing But Ontario Zoo Truck Found
The animals and the trailer are still missing. The Bowmanville Zoo has a $20,000 reward offered for a picture of the animals getting watered.
If the animals have not been given water or had ventilation opened, the animals are in dire condition if still alive.
I don’t understand how no one has seen or heard these animals. I guess the trailer was dumped when the thieves realized what they had taken. I just wish they would make a call to someone and tell them where they dropped the animals. Stealing the truck and trailer was bad but, letting animals suffer just adds to crime (and the bad feelings the jury of their peers will have when the thieves are brought to justice).
UPDATE 6/23/2010 – The animals have been found and are in good shape. The Zoo along with the police will be holding a media conference Wednesday afternoon.
Police officers found the animals in a rural area east of Montreal after receiving a tip on Monday night, said Surete du Quebec spokesman Richard Gagne.