On Sunday at the earliest, five out of the seven tigers transferred to Poznań Zoo from the Polish-Belarusian border may be transported to a safe haven in Spain, the zoo's officials announced on Tuesday.
On October 26, a truck with ten tigers onboard, heading from Italy to Dagestan, Russia, was stopped from entering Belarus via the eastern-Polish Koroszczyn border crossing due to the lack of the necessary documentation.
The animals, after initially being allowed to pass the frontier by Polish border controllers, were sent back to Poland by Belarusian border guards and remained in Koroszczyn until Wednesday.
While the truck was held at the crossing point, one of the tigers died. Polish veterinary authorities found the animals in bad condition.
The remaining tigers were transported to Poznań Zoo, central Poland and the animal sanctuary, Canpol in Człuchów.
According to a statement by Poznan Zoo's directorate, five tigers will eventually be sent to a shelter in Spain, thanks to support from the Dutch organisation Animal Advocates. The remaining four will stay in Poznań and Człuchów. The exact date of the transfer depends on Animal Advocate's logistics and a final decision to proceed.