Bengal tiger on the loose near Acapulco

The Mexican state of Guerrero has been constantly in the spotlight for the last 12 months, due to the dissapearance of the 43 students, drug trafficking, kidnappings, marches and uprisings by the teachers’ union; and now, a Bengal tiger is on the loose near the coastal city of Acapulco.

Mexican authorities stepped up the hunt for this dangerous wild animal that escaped from the “Paraíso de los Manglares” ecological park last month and warned people not to approach the roving beast.

The tiger, named Ankor, has been on the loose in the southern state of Guerrero for 24 days now, since Monday October 26th, and is believed to be hiding in mangroves close to where it went missing.

There are indications that the animal, which weighs about 300 kilos (650 pounds), may have wandered close to a ranch in the area known as Coyuca de Benitez, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the park, said a spokesperson from the Federal Attorney of Environmental Protection (Profepa).

The Tiger escaped from the Ecological Park “Paraíso de los Manglares”, and goes by the name of Ankor. (Excélsior/Paraíso de los Manglares)

“If the situation gets out of control and the animal puts human life at risk, then it will be necessary to give orders to kill it, but we are doing everything possible to recapture the animal alive,” said Zenón Alvarado Serrano, a Profepa inspector.

Tracks were found Monday morning at kilometer 10.5 of the Barra de Coyuca highway near Los Mogotes, along with the body of a small dog the tiger had killed and another that had been injured, and local media said that the animal had killed five cows so far.

A fisherman in Coyuca de Benítez said the feline walked past him without incident.