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This orangutan was among several hundred rare animals at the compound.

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A wildlife officer confirmed authorities raided the site in 2003 and seized wild animals. The raid was the result of an expanded probe into the arrest of a suspected tiger meat trader in Bangkok's Klong Sam Wa district last month.

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These lions were among the wild animals seized from a 100-rai private shelter in Saraburi's Kaeng Khoi district.

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Around 100 officers from the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division and the National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation Department raided the compound on Thursday morning.

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Animals including white lions, tigers, panthers, red pandas, camels, orangutans and marmosets were found at the site. They are estimated to have a total value of around 200 million baht.

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Authorities believe many of the animals were imported from countries including South Africa and Canada. Several species of bird and monkeys native to Thailand were also found.

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The owner of the raided shelter insisted that he had obtained animals legally and planned to turn the site into a zoo. However, he failed to produce documents to prove his claims.

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A total of 51 species of wild and rare creatures were impounded from the site, including these two marmosets.

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Police and wildlife officers have impounded several hundred rare wild animals at a private animal shelter in Kaeng Khoi district of Saraburi province. Yuttasak Suthinan, the shelter's owner, was charged with operating a zoo and possessing wildlife without permission. Photos by Apichit Jinakul.

  • Published: 09 Mar 2012
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