In a garbage bin near the Zoological Park of Attica, in a weak condition, a cub of a rare species of white tiger was found. The manager of the park reported the case to the Greek authorities.
After his wrath Jean Jacques Lesueur, its founder Attica Zoological Park, Investigations into the appearance of the wild animal in the suburbs of Athens are currently being conducted by the security forces of Spata and Pallini.
“From the cameras we checked in the evening, no one seems to have passed and stopped at the site and the security guard didn’t see any strange movement either,” the zoo director revealed.
Apparently, the owner bought the calf and entered the country illegally. The authorities intend to trace the route the animal took to reach the city through websites that sell this rare species of tigers, but, so far, it has not been possible.
The four-month-old female suffers from paralysis in her hind legs and this was one of the reasons she was abandoned.
“His poor condition is mainly due to malnutrition, because he was not getting the right vitamins and milk, nor was he getting any sun. On one leg it looks like they tried to do a bad operation, but the main problem is that from the waist down the animal is incapacitated,” he reveals.
The Attica Zoo, home to more than 2,000 animals of 290 different species, will be responsible for the calf’s care until its future is decided, but Lessee he is convinced of the end of history.“We are taking care of her and waiting to be told what to do, but this animal is not going to live, unfortunately…” He also warned that the illegal wildlife trade is one of the largest in the world. “They are not animals found in nature, they are products of mutation. This tiger can reach a length of two meters and a weight of 200 kg.”
THE World Wide Fund for Nature (WWFin the English acronym), which appeals for animal rights, recognizes white tigers as a “genetic abnormality”, which in turn is more favorable and profitable in the black market of wild species.
Therefore, the European Commission already envisages a series of strategic measures to prevent wildlife trafficking by 2030. Compliance with regulations must be ensured and the global partnership between countries of origin, consumption and transit needs to be strengthened. Otherwise, illegal trade in these species will continue to contribute to the decline of entire species and increase the risk of the spread of zoonotic diseases – diseases that are transmitted between animals and humans.