Over the weekend, a loose tiger was spotted on the highway between Cancún and Leona Vicario.
Passersby took photographs and recorded videos of the large feline, which they posted to social media.
There has been much speculation about where the tiger may have come from, but until now no further details have been released.
Local police say that no attacks have been reported and that they have contacted Quintana Roo state wildlife authorities for assistance.
The Yucatán Peninsula is home to several species of large cats including jaguars, pumas, and ocelots — but not tigers.
The large adult Bengal tiger was chained to a cocoa tree by his neck and chest and lacked a sleeping area and shelter from the sun. The caged monkey was living in similar conditions.
Although exact numbers are hard to come by, it is suspected that dozens of large felines native to Africa and Asia are being kept in private zoos around the peninsula.