Stolen tiger, camels are OK: Zookeeper

KEVIN CONNOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

The Bowmanville Zoo tiger and camels which were stolen in Quebec last week have been found in good health.

Jonas, the tiger, and camels, Todd and Shawn, were resting at their homes Tuesday at the zoo. The animals have been checked by the zoo's vet and are in good condition, said head zookeeper Stephanie MacEwen.

"I am so relieved. I feel great. I'm feeling emotions I didn't know I had.

"They are home and safe and resting and in good health," MacEwen said.

"Everyone has been up for over 72 hours and now we can hit the pillow. The animals are in their holding areas in a place they know."

The zoo will be holding a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

"The director and the vet have been dealing with the police and they will be giving any information at the press conference," MacEwen said, adding the animals will be making an appearance.

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.

The animals went missing in St. Liboire last week after the vehicle that was pulling the trailer they were in was stolen while the drivers were sleeping while en route to Nova Scotia.

The truck was later found but the trailer containing the animals was no longer attached.

The zoo offered a $20,000 reward for the return of the animals and an additional $2,000 reward for photographic evidence that they were safe.

Gagne said police suspect the animals were being cared for while they were missing because it is unlikely they would have survived in the heat of an enclosed trailer for nearly 96 hours without being watered.

Investigators continue their search for the thieves.

kevin.connor@sunmedia.ca


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