According to a report from United Press International and France Bleu, a French couple who purchased what they thought was an exotic Savannah cat from an online ad received a tiger cub instead.
After receiving the surprise cub, the couple brought the situation to the attention of local authorities, and nine people were reportedly arrested on animal trafficking charges in connection to the selling of the critically endangered exotic animal.
The couple in France paid nearly $7,000 to bring home the Savannah cat kitten, which is a cross between an exotic African serval and a domesticated house cat and which is legal to keep as a pet in the country.
The couple who purchased the cat as was held, but were later released by cops.
There are believed to be fewer than 400 of the tigers left on the planet, and deforestation and poaching threaten to make the species go extinct altogether.
The tiger appeared to be in good health, according to France Bleu, and now is in the care of the French Biodiversity Office.