Desperate bid to rescue nine starving tigers after they are found covered in droppings in small cages with a big cat who is already dead during a tiring transfer from Italy to the Russian circus
- Polish zoo in a panic to save the lives of nine emaciated tigers
- Animals stranded for days in small cages on the border between Poland and Belarus
- The Poznan Zoo is calling for urgent donations to help save the big cats
- Tigers were sent thousands of miles from Italy to a Russian circus
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A zoo in western Poland is desperately trying to save the lives of nine tigers shipped from Italy after being stranded in small cages on the Polish border with Belarus for days.
The big cats were starving and covered with their own excrement in cages while they were being transported from Italy to a circus in Russia.
Shocking video, filmed by staff at the Poznan Zoo, shows how one of the animals in the group has already died. Further photos and images reveal the horrible circumstances that the animals were confronted with.
Video published by Wyborcza shows the emaciated body of an animal lying on the floor at the feet of helpless Polish authorities.
Video filmed by staff at the Poznan Zoo in western Poland, shows a dead tiger lying on the ground after being starved in a small cage being transported to Russia
One of the ten tigers that were transported from Italy to Russia stuck on the Polish-Belarusian border near Koroszczyn
The death of one of the tigers was probably due to stomach problems, according to deputy border veterinarian Eugeniusz Karpiuk.
Poznan Zoo has called for urgent donations from the public to help save the lives of jungle cats, and has published crazy updates on social media about the deteriorating condition of the animals.
& # 39; Please help the tigers kept in the car on the Polish border! & # 39; said a message published today on the Poznan Zoo's Facebook account: & # 39; Tigers will die soon !!!! Please help us !!! & # 39;
Authorities in Belarus refused to allow the transport, saying that the Italian caretakers do not have a visa and do not have the necessary veterinary documents for the animals.
The staff of the Poznan Zoo traveled more than 500 km on Tuesday evening to try to reach the stranded animals after Poznan's chief veterinary inspector asked for help.
& # 39; They have been in small cages for more than a week that prevent them from moving, feeding, and watering, "said zoo director Ewa Zgrabczynska.
& # 39; They are hungry and thirsty, they stand in their own excrement. We do not know how many of them can be kept alive. & # 39;
The famished tigers were found in small cages after being stranded on the border with Belarus for days
The animals were found hungry and dried out, stacked next to each other in a small horse box
According to TVN24, the mission began on October 22 from near Rome for a circus company in Russia, but got stuck at the border on Saturday when the authorities refused to enter the country.
Polish authorities said it was difficult to give the tigers enough food and water in their truck cages, and are facing a race against time to bring the animals to safety.
Alarmed by the condition of the animals, the city authorities in Poznan have allowed the Poznan zoo to temporarily accommodate the tigers.
Zgrabczynska said the animals would stay in Poznan until they received documents for transport to an animal sanctuary in Spain.
Zoo staff in Poznan said they are facing a race against the clock to keep the famished animals alive
Poznan zoo staff posted a statement on their Facebook page stating that the animals are finally moving after they have received the green light from the local authorities
One of the tigers is depicted in a cage on a truck at the border crossing between Poland and Belarus in Koroszczyn, Poland
We do not know how long they will survive, but we will not give up, every animal is priceless for us.
In an update recently published by the Poznan Zoo, they say the animals are finally moving after receiving the green light from the local authorities, but they are still facing a desperate race for the animals' lives to save.
The statement, published in Polish on the Facebook account of Poznan Zoo, says: & # 39; this is the beginning of the fight to keep them alive, the expectations of animals to escape from death have declined & # 39 ;
& # 39; We do not know how long they will survive, but we will not give up, every animal is priceless to us. & # 39;
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