Carole Baskin Offers Reward for Missing Tiger

$5K to go toward India's safe return and the humans' punishment
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2021 7:00 PM CDT
Carole Baskin Offers Reward for Missing Tiger
Victor Cuevas appears with his lawyer Michael Elliott after bonding out of jail Wednesday in Richmond, Texas. Cuevas was arrested Monday after fleeing a Houston police officer with a missing tiger in west Houston. Police said the tiger’s whereabouts are not known.   (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Into the Houston tiger mystery has stepped Carole Baskin. The star of the Tiger King has put up a $5,000 reward for the missing tiger's finder, TMZ reports, with several conditions attached. The tiger, India, has to be safely turned over to a sanctuary accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries, Baskin said. And the finder must cooperate with law enforcement in a manner "sufficient to convict both buyer and seller involved in the transfers of the tiger."

India has been missing for several days, as far as local law enforcement can tell. The tiger will not be taken to her Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Baskin said, but she wants it to go to a sanctuary that will offer India lifetime care. Baskin posted coverage of her offer on Facebook, per the New York Daily News. She's concerned, she said, because "the owners of the tiger have shown a serious lack of responsibility so far." (More Carole Baskin stories.)

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