Introduction: How to Ship a Tiger to Canada

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I was discussing the matter of international wildlife shipping with a friend of mine, and she said, "Shipping is less complicated then you might think...then again, I'm biased, given that I do it all day long. The trick is to get the tiger into the box to begin with...after that you're all set. If you survive."

Now, my own current problems with UPS aside, I didn't think that it would be all that tricky. After a brief experiment, it appears as though I was right.

Step 1: Research 1

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I gathered my reference materials

Step 2: Research 2

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I learned all I could about tigers

Step 3: Research 3

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I took extensive notes

Step 4: Hunt 1

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I looked for tigers in the mythology section, as they have a powerful presence that causes stories to be told. No tigers found.

Step 5: Hunt 2

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I looked for tigers in the children's section, for similar reasons. No tigers found.

Step 6: Hunt 3

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I then remembered that tigers liked to eat, so I checked the fridge. I found many bottles, but no tigers.

Step 7: Hunt 4

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Tigers like to play in water, but all I found was a towel that I had left behind.

Step 8: Hunt 5

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I briefly checked the piano, before I remembered that tigers have stripes to help them blend in with their surroundings.

Step 9: Hunt 6

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Ah, but tigers live in other parts of the world! I checked China...

Step 10: Hunt 7

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I checked Siberia...

Step 11: Hunt 8

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Then I found a Bengal tiger in India!

Step 12: Lure 1

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I then distracted the tiger.

Step 13: Lure 2

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And I started to lure him away.

Step 14: Lure 3

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I brought him near the box.

Step 15: Lure 4

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The hard part, as everyone knows, is getting him into the box. I switched lures.

Step 16: Lure 5

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Once he took the bait, it was just a matter of sealing the box and cutting the string. This gives the tiger something to play with on his trip.

Step 17: Box and Ship

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Then I just needed to address it and send it. The warning is obviously important.


KimP94 made it! (author)2017-04-10

Lol thanks for the tutorial :)

As for the real shipping tips, I could recommend these guys , they turned to be very helpful for me. I live in Canada and often buy something from abroad, professional brokers are rather useful here.

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charlieanderin (author)2013-07-03

Love it

Donfay11 (author)2013-05-17

Best. Instructable. Ever.

craft_parrot (author)2011-12-03

Without a proper postal code the tiger could be held up in customs for weeks possibly endangering the lives of many customs personnel. A better address would have been:

From USA

To Quebec, Canada
(only French Canadians have the imagination necessary for keeping tigers)

Warning: Tiger Inside!

omnibot (author)craft_parrot2011-12-03

Then shouldn't that warning be in French also?

blodefood (author)omnibot2011-12-03

Oui, en français aussi!

TN777 (author)blodefood2012-02-13

It should be:

De: Etats-Unis
Pour: Quebec, Canada
Avertissment: a l'interreur Tiger!

It would be much better.

TN777 (author)TN7772012-07-23

Above is what Google Translate said.

evilmadcow (author)TN7772012-07-08

good point.

nelsnils (author)omnibot2011-12-03

Ca va etre:

Tigre entre ca!"

Or something; my French is quite limited.

knexgunner94 (author)2008-05-04

i found this very informative, now i know what to do if i ever have to ship a tiger to canada i also understand that this was just a test run with a smaller and less dangerous tiger

evilmadcow (author)knexgunner942012-07-08


irxo (author)2009-01-05

GASP!! you didn't leave holes so the tiger could breathe! i hope that tiger survived, you big mean animal-hating person you!

Warlrosity (author)irxo2009-02-24

A dead tiger is easier to cook

evilmadcow (author)Warlrosity2012-07-08

shut up.

evilmadcow (author)irxo2012-07-08

dude: relax. look at the comments where he traps it.

Iliketobesoup (author)2011-12-02

You can turn this into a great children's book.

TN777 (author)Iliketobesoup2012-02-13


evilmadcow (author)TN7772012-07-08

how to send a tiger to Canada:
kiddy version!!

munchman (author)2008-03-06


St Jimmy (author)munchman2011-12-03


evilmadcow (author)St Jimmy2012-07-08

yes, they will.

Waffles Will Rule (author)2007-12-23

it looks like theres a tiger under that towel....hehe

no, that's a piggy disguised as a chimney.
you WRONG!!!

ikestarm17 (author)2009-07-14

ummm, excuse me but how do you send a tiger to Guatemala? I would like to send one to my grandmother. She is very mean. >:)

TN777 (author)ikestarm172012-02-13

U follow dirrecttions, then put ur grandma's adress on the box.

guppie (author)ikestarm172009-07-16

Interesting. I'm pondering this problem right now. There may be a new instructable in a few weeks. :)

ikestarm17 (author)guppie2009-07-16

yes! Right in time for her birthday... :)

technologyguy (author)2011-12-02

This is a purr-fectly humorous instructable of a different stripe!! And I'm not lion!

Jayefuu (author)technologyguy2011-12-03

Luckily, he packed it well, otherwise it could have been a cat-astrophy.

dragonsniper (author)2011-12-03

lol u mean schrodingers cat

St Jimmy (author)2011-12-03

I know for a fact that tigers should be stuffed, so if you leave your fridge open for a while you'll have a stuffed tiger just sitting there, unable to move, ready for the shipping.

80$man (author)2011-12-03

One word:

stringstretcher (author)2011-12-03

does this count?

Matrix-technician (author)2011-12-02

Wonderful! Asolutely wonderful! Have you thought about copyrighting and publishing? :p

flyingfox567 (author)2011-12-02

no after a while the comment boxes get bigger depending on how many time people respond to the last comment

Vendigroth (author)2007-05-18

This fits nicely with Schroedinger's paradox:
A cat in a box my be alive or dead, but you don't know until you go look.
I'd like to propose a third option: Damn Angry.

On a different note, did you catch the tiger by the toe...?

guppie (author)Vendigroth2007-05-18

I thought about doing a followup on how to catch a tiger than involved me grabbing his toe, but I thought it might be too derivative.

featheredfrog (author)guppie2008-03-11

No, you should do it. It's integral to the story!

I think it would just make this instructable exponentially awesome!

Vendigroth (author)guppie2007-05-18

lol I'm looking forward to more stuff from you in future

The Jamalam (author)Vendigroth2009-08-26

Wasn't the Damn Angry thing from Terry Pratchett?

bowmaster (author)Vendigroth2008-03-11

If he hollard you should of lit it go!

cfcubed (author)2010-07-19

This would have been awesome if (1) the box was a little bigger and (2) there was like a little speaker making subtle noises inside and a weighted motor or something to make the box shake

KaJaAs (author)cfcubed2011-08-21

Um maby he just wanted to make it simple. good idea though

creat0r (author)2011-05-01

one word: ridiculous

creat0r (author)2011-05-01

not as ridiculos

creat0r (author)2011-05-01

this is more ridiculous than the piano.

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