The nine Bengal tigers and seven African lions belong to an Argentine circus that performs in the Paraguayan capital each August. Their owner, Oswal Wasconi, brought them back for this year’s circus only to learn that a new law in Paraguay bans live animal acts at circuses.
With no chance of performing, Wasconi tried to ship his big catsbackto Argentina. But then they got stuck at the border.
Estela Gomez, director of Paraguay’s wildlife agency, said the animals all have good-health certificates, but their entry to Argentina was blocked by officials demanding more information about the protected species.
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