How to Ship a Tiger to Canada




About: Unlike many, I don't really draw a line between my personal life and my work life. The way I see it, I just have one life, so why divide it? I am interested in the space where science and art combine. I t...

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

I gathered my reference materials

Step 2: Research 2

I learned all I could about tigers

Step 3: Research 3

I took extensive notes

Step 4: Hunt 1

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

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

Step 6: Hunt 3

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

Step 7: Hunt 4

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

Step 8: Hunt 5

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

Step 9: Hunt 6

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

Step 10: Hunt 7

I checked Siberia...

Step 11: Hunt 8

Then I found a Bengal tiger in India!

Step 12: Lure 1

I then distracted the tiger.

Step 13: Lure 2

And I started to lure him away.

Step 14: Lure 3

I brought him near the box.

Step 15: Lure 4

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

Step 16: Lure 5

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

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



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    170 Discussions


    1 year ago

    This is why Instructables needs a "Like" button.


    6 years ago

    Best. Instructable. Ever.


    7 years ago on Step 17

    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!

    6 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 17

    It should be:

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

    It would be much better.


    Reply 6 years ago on Step 17

    Above is what Google Translate said.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Ca va etre:

    Tigre entre ca!"

    Or something; my French is quite limited.


    11 years ago on Step 17

    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

    1 reply

    10 years ago on Step 17

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

    3 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 17

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