Reward posted for pics of stolen animals

Reward posted for pics of stolen animals

By Don Peat, QMI Agency
Last Updated: June 20, 2010 3:16pm

TORONTO – In a desperate bid to find out if their stolen camels and a tiger are alive and well, Bowmanville Zoo officials are offering $2,000 for pictures of the animals.

On its website Sunday, the zoo – which put up a $20,000 reward Saturday for information leading to the animals return – offered an additonal $2,000 for proof Jonas the tiger and Sean and Todd the camels are still alive.

“It’s the best money they’ll make off a digital photo in their life,” zoo director Michael Hackenberger told QMI Agency.

While the truck that was stolen in Quebec early Friday was located, police and the zoo have yet to turn up the trailer that was attached or any sign of the exotic animals that were sleeping inside.

“I know the police are following up some leads in the stolen car industry,” Hackenberger said. “Unfortunately, at this point, there is no further news as it relates to the animals.”

Officials are extremely worried the animals may die if they aren’t being cared for properly by the thieves who snatched them.

“It’s becoming very dire,” said Hackenberger, who added zoo officials are worried the thieves have not provided the animals with water.

Bowmanville Zoo veterinarian Dr. Wendy Korver said the camels will be “a lot more resistant to going without water.”

“We are extremely concerned about Jonas,” she said.

If the tiger hasn’t had a drink yet, Korver said he would start to experience 8% to 10% body dehydration.

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