WEINER, Ark. — Seven tigers, six lions and one leopard that were recently discovered by authorities in a warehouse in northeastern Arkansas will soon be flown to Germany.


The former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus animals were found in Weiner on Saturday. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Randy Zellers says the animals’ British owner possessed the appropriate paperwork, but that he hadn’t alerted Poinsett County that he would be temporarily holding the animals in Arkansas.


The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the big cats will fly to Germany from the Memphis International Airport on Tuesday. Memphis, Tennessee, is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Weiner, Arkansas. Last week, a tiger from the same group of animals was killed after escaping near Atlanta, Georgia.