Bangkok Tiger Temple may shut; 40 dead cubs found in freezer
BANGKOK: Thailand may shut down its famed Tiger Temple, popular among Indian and foreign tourists, as wildlife officials found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer, amid allegations of illegal trafficking and mistreatment of the animals by authorities at the Buddhist shrine.
Pictures posted on social media showed the 40 dead cubs lined up on the floor. The site has been closed for public since the raid. Monks at the temple have previously denied trafficking allegations. But police and wildlife officials started an operation on Monday to relocating its 137 tigers, mostly Bengal tigers.
In the first batch, more than 100 tigers will be taken away from the Tiger Temple, said the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
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A dead tiger cub is held up by a Thai official after authorities found 40 tiger cub carcasses during a raid on the controversial Tiger Temple, a popular tourist destination, in Bangkok.