Bangkok Tiger Tem­ple may shut; 40 dead cubs found in freezer

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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.



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.

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