New Mexico authorities followed a trail of blood to a little Bengal tiger after gunfire rang out near a trailer Tuesday afternoon, according to officials.

The young tiger, only a few months old, was found trapped inside a dog crate by officers as they searched for a possible gunshot victim in Albuquerque, authorities said.

The tiger is only a few months old.
The tiger is only a few months old.
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Albuquerque police officers originally came on the scene when they received reports of a shooting outside a business and found one person with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. The victim was an innocent bystander who was hit with a stray bullet, police said a preliminary probe indicates.

The little tiger was found inside a dog crate.
The little tiger was found inside a dog crate.
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Then cops heard another gunshot from inside a mobile home and found Kevin Gerardo Vargas Mercado armed with a semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine, officials said.

He was taken into custody without incident before they followed a blood trail to the nearby trailer.  

A permeant home will eventually be found for the tiger, an agency said.
A permeant home will eventually be found for the tiger, an agency said.
City of Albuquerque

Inside the trailer officers didn’t locate an injured person, the police department said, but the 20-pound tiger was found and taken into the care of the New Mexico Game and Fish.  

The agency said the tiger is in good health and will reside temporarily at a local zoo until an investigation is concluded and a new permanent home is found for the animal.



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