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An Unusual Traffic Stop: Police Recover Stolen Camels, Tiger

An Unusual Traffic Stop: Police Recover Stolen Camels, Tiger

The black Ford F550 pickup truck that was pulling the trailer was recovered by Sûreté du Québec officers early Saturday morning - but the trailer itself and the animals inside were still missing as of mid-afternoon. Courtesy Bowmanville Zoo

Published With Permission By The Montreal Gazette

June 22, 2010

MONTREAL – The three missing zoo animals have been found, safe and sound and are already back in their home zoo in Ontario.

Two camels, named Todd and Shawn, and a three-year-old tiger named Jonas, were found in their trailer Monday night between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Route Doyon in St. Edmond de Grantham, about 95 kilometres northeast of Montreal, Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Richard Gagné said.

A member of the public called police to tell them about the trailer’s location, Gagné said, without providing more details. He said the animals seemed to have been fed and the tiger was in its cage inside the trailer. The truck that was stolen Friday had been recovered Saturday morning in Ste. Eulalie, 73 kilometres from the scene of the theft in the town of St. Liboire.

The trio was abducted as they were being brought back from the Maritimes to a zoo in Bowmanville, Ont.

The animals’ location when found Monday is 31 kilometres northeast of where they were stolen from.

Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Ronald McInnis said Tuesday morning the animals were examined by a veterinarian about midnight in the night of Monday to Tuesday and then they were handed over to their owner in the trailer that police examined for fingerprints. McInnis said he believed the animals were en route for Bowmanville, Ont., which is 560 kilometres southwest of St. Edmond de Grantham.

McInnis said police have suspects in the case but the investigation is ongoing. He would not elaborate.

On the Bowmanville Zoological Park’s Facebook page, a note said “Jonas Eddie and Shawn are home and safe!!!!!! They got in at 5:30am (Tuesday) morning, the rescue team is sleeping because they have been up since Friday. We’ll let you know more when we do.”

There was no news about whether or not the $20,000 reward that was offered for the animals safe return would be paid out.


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    skascooter007

    about 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    That's GRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEAAAAAATTTT (Tony the Tiger)

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    AND THE WORLD JUST GETS WIERDER.......
    That had to have been a fun report

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    CBPD607

    about 4 years ago

    264 Comments

    whew.....

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    11184 Comments

    Jonas, somehow I knew you'd pick up on that !! LOL Glad the animals are OK, too !!!

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    ucfknightsfan

    about 4 years ago

    118 Comments

    Good job!

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    42136 Comments

    A tiger named Jonas! Gotta love it. Glad all are safe and sound!!!

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    blucas80

    about 4 years ago

    1002 Comments

    Good Job!!!

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    tinbadge50

    about 4 years ago

    84 Comments

    Glad they are back where they belong. Good job Montreal PD.

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    dolphinblue

    about 4 years ago

    42974 Comments

    Great job.

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    DDemlong

    about 4 years ago

    2238 Comments

    good job

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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Glad the animals are okay.

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    Mrbdguard

    about 4 years ago

    4604 Comments

    Camels and tigers and bears oh my

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    pastor_greene

    about 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    Bet them camels and tiger were glad to be back where they belong.

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