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Exotic Narco Pets Hit Zoos After Cartel Kingpin Owners Hit The Slammer
Lions, monkeys and raccoons, oh my! The exotic animals acquired by cartel kingpins put a strain on Mexico zoos when the leaders are captured.
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In this photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, a jaguar walks in a public zoo that houses animals captured from drug traffickers, pet smugglers and circuses without permits for their animals in Zacango, Mexico. As federal authorities target a growing number of gang leaders in Mexico's five-year-long drug war, many of their pets are being driven from their gilded cages and ending up in more modest housing in the country's zoos. Authorities have discovered drug cartel private zoos that housed tigers, panthers and lions among other animals of exotic breeds. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

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In this photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, two wolves stand in a public zoo that houses animals captured from drug traffickers, pets smugglers and circuses without permits for their animals in Zacango, Mexico. As federal authorities target a growing number of gang leaders in Mexico's five-year-long drug war, many of their pets are being driven from their gilded cages and ending up in more modest housing in the country's zoos. Authorities have discovered drug cartel private zoos that housed tigers, panthers and lions among other animals of exotic breeds. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

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In this photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, a lion cub approaches a person's hand from behind a gate at a public zoo that houses animals captured from drug traffickers, pets smugglers and circuses without permits for their animals in Zacango, Mexico. As federal authorities target a growing number of gang leaders in Mexico's five-year-long drug war, many of their pets are being driven from their gilded cages and ending up in more modest housing in the country's zoos. Authorities have discovered drug cartel private zoos that housed tigers, panthers and lions among other animals of exotic breeds. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

lions

In this photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, a lion yawns in a public zoo that houses animals captured from drug traffickers, pets smugglers and circuses without permits for their animals in Zacango, Mexico. As federal authorities target a growing number of gang leaders in Mexico's five-year-long drug war, many of their pets are being driven from their gilded cages and ending up in more modest housing in the country's zoos. Authorities have discovered drug cartel private zoos that housed tigers, panthers and lions among other animals of exotic breeds. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

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A male and a female African lions on are seen at a zoo in Zacango, 130 km. southwest of Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, The Zacango zoo is one of several facilities in Mexico that take in animals seized from drug traffickers, pet smugglers and circuses without permits .(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

monkeys

In this photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, a squirrel monkey peers through its cage at a public zoo that houses animals captured from drug traffickers, pets smugglers and circuses without permits for their animals in Zacango, Mexico. As federal authorities target a growing number of gang leaders in Mexico's five-year-long drug war, many of their pets are being driven from their gilded cages and ending up in more modest housing in the country's zoos. Authorities have discovered drug cartel private zoos that housed tigers, panthers and lions among other animals of exotic breeds. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

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A squirrel monkey looks on from behind a fence at a zoo in Zacango, 130 km. southwest of Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, The Zacango zoo is one of several facilities in Mexico that take in animals seized from drug traffickers, pet smugglers and circuses without permits .(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

raccoons

In this photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, raccoons sit in a public zoo that houses animals captured from drug traffickers, animal smugglers and circuses without permits for their animals at the city zoo in Zacango, Mexico. As federal authorities target a growing number of gang leaders in Mexico's five-year-long drug war, many of their pets are being driven from their gilded cages and ending up in more modest housing in the country's zoos. Authorities have discovered drug cartel private zoos that housed tigers, panthers and lions among other animals of exotic breeds. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

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A raccoon looks out from a barrel on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at a Mexican zoo that houses animals seized from drug traffickers, pet smugglers and circuses without permits. The Zacango zoo, 130 kilometers southwest of Mexico City, is one of several facilities in Mexico that take in such animals.(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

elephant

In this photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, an elephant eats at a public zoo that houses animals captured from drug traffickers, pets smugglers and circuses without permits for their animals in Zacango, Mexico. As federal authorities target a growing number of gang leaders in Mexico's five-year-long drug war, many of their pets are being driven from their gilded cages and ending up in more modest housing in the country's zoos. Authorities have discovered drug cartel private zoos that housed tigers, panthers and lions among other animals of exotic breeds. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Exotic Narco Pets Hit Zoos After Cartel Kingpin Owners Hit The Slammer

Lions, monkeys and raccoons, oh my! The exotic animals acquired by cartel kingpins put a strain on Mexico zoos when the leaders are captured.