A tiger cub was found dead in a parking lot in Pingdu city, Shandong province on the first day of the lunar new year. Authorities believe that the animal fell from the 11th floor of a building after it was frightened by fireworks.
The cub, just seven months old, was spotted lying in a pool of blood in the parking lot on the morning of February 19 by a couple living nearby, according to a report on NetEase. They called the police and the case was transferred to a government department.
Investigation by the city forestry bureau found that the animal was being kept in a cage on top a building by a man surnamed Yang, who signed an agreement with the owner of a nearby scenic area to keep two of such cubs temporarily.
It’s believed that the animal escaped from the cage and, startled by the fireworks, fell off.
The tiger is listed as a class-1 protected animal in China and those in possession of one must have a special domestication and breeding license, which Yang does not.
Authorities said the other cub will be confiscated and Yang will face punishment.
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