MANILA, Philippines – Firefighters in the Philippines were shocked to find tigers, pythons and other wild animals when they responded to a recent house fire.
Officials say five tigers, three Indian star tortoises, two Burmese pythons and several cats and dogs were rescued unhurt. The house was gutted.
Wildlife official Rey Villafuerte said Tuesday the tigers are covered by a certificate of wildlife registration, but the owners had no permit to transport them to Manila.
He says the house caretaker and one of the owners have been arrested while two others remain at large. A complaint has been filed against them for violating the country's Wildlife Act. They face up to a year in jail and fines.
Investigators said wood may have been accidentally set on fire.