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Couple Pay Thousands For Savannah Cat, Later Find Out They’ve Been Sold A Tiger

A couple from France were shocked after paying 6,000 euros ($7,300) for a ‘Savannah cat,’ only to receive a tiger cub instead.

They paid for the kitten upon delivery as they failed to notice that instead of being a Savannah cat, it was a Sumatran tiger.

It took a few days for them to notice, and when they did. they immediately called the police.

Savannah cats are listed as an acceptable pet whereas a tiger is not and is protected by the CITES treaty (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).

Nine suspects have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking a protected species as well as being involved in organized crime.

The couple paid the seller upon delivery after not noticing that the cat was not a Savannah cat, despite obvious differences.

The Sumatran tiger is a protected species and private ownership is prohibited.

The tiger was in good health when it was seized and was entrusted to the French Biodiversity Office who gave it a new home.

Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!