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.