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Canada zoo appeals for stolen tiger and camels

Camels, file photo
Image caption The animals that were stolen were trained and friendly, officials say

A zoo in Canada has pleaded for the safe return of a tiger and two camels that were stolen in transit last week.

Bowmanville Zoo, in Ontario, has even offered $2,000 (£1,325) for a picture of the animals being given water.

A $20,000 reward offered since Saturday has failed to produce any leads on the whereabouts of Jonas, a Bengal tiger, and camels Todd and Shawn.

They were in a trailer being moved from Nova Scotia to the zoo when their vehicle was stolen near Montreal.

The Ford truck hauling the trailer was found abandoned in Quebec early on Saturday.

Friendly animals

"If they haven't received any water their situation is dire," said the director of Bowmanville Zoo, Michael Hackenberger.

The 160-kg Jonas was in danger of suffering kidney failure if he had not had anything to drink since he was stolen on Friday.

Police believe it was an "opportunity crime", with the thieves being unaware what the cargo was.

"This was a crime of opportunity and now they have something they don't know how to deal with, and we are trying to make this as easy as possible to get out from underneath this," Mr Hackenberger said.

"That's a direct appeal to the captors."

He said all three animals were trained and friendly.

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