A group of Chinese politicians has been hiding a horrible secret: They were illegally keeping a horde of endangered Siberian tigers as pets.
The animals were only discovered after an appalling accident. One of the eight tigers lept off a balcony and died in the city of Qingdao after he got scared by Lunar New Year fireworks. The cub was just 7 months old, the South China Morning Post reports.
The incident occurred in late February, but this week the three officials who owned the tigers, all members of the People's Congress in the city, were each fined the equivalent of $480 - a small price to pay for the life of an incredibly rare tiger. There are only 450 Siberian tigers left in the wild today.