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Tiger, 2 camels missing in Canada

ST. LIBOIRE, Quebec, June 19 (UPI) -- Searchers failed Saturday to find a tiger and two camels that disappeared from a motel parking lot in St. Liboire, Quebec, officials said.

They did, however, find the pickup truck being used to tow the trailer in which the animals were being transported in Surete du Quebec, The (Montreal) Gazette reported.

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The animals, a 3-year-old Tiger named Jonas and two 5-year-old dromedary camels that go by the names Shawn and Todd, were being taken from a traveling circus in Nova Scotia to the Bowmanville Zoo east of Toronto, the Toronto Star reported.

Zoo curator Rob Clement said he was concerned about the animals' health.

"It could be stinking hot in that trailer. We're just not sure," he told The Gazette.

Zoo Director Michael Hackenberger told police he thinks someone intended to steal the truck and trailer, not knowing the animals were inside, the Toronto Sun reported.

"Really who would want a tiger and two camels? These things would be like a millstone around your neck," Hackenberger said. "These are either the smartest thieves in the world or the dumbest."

The zoo says it will pay $20,000 to anyone providing information leading to the safe recovery of the three animals.

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