Dead baby tigers found in Tiger Temple freezer

Dead baby tigers found in Tiger Temple freezer

Some baby tiger carcasses are shown to the media on Wednesday at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi (Photo from Dept of National Parks, Wildlife and Conservation)
Some baby tiger carcasses are shown to the media on Wednesday at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi (Photo from Dept of National Parks, Wildlife and Conservation)

After tip off to look in temple's kitchen, 40 dead baby tigers & animal parts confirm wildlife trafficking suspicions.


Dead tiger cubs found in Tiger Temple freezer

Bangkok Post and Reuters

Wildlife authorities made a grisly discovery at the Tiger Temple Wednesday.

They found the remains of 40 baby tiger cubs hidden in a freezer.

The dead tiger cubs - which observers said on Twitter appeared to have been killed recently -- were found in a kitchen area at the Tiger Temple

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The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has been on-site for three days, removing 137 tigers from the monks' custody after years of allegations of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

Their suspicions of animal trafficking appeared to have gained merit, based on Wednesday's find.

"They must be of some value for the temple to have kept them," said Adisorn Noochdumrong, deputy director-general of the department. "But what that may be is beyond me."


Authorities stormed the kitchen facilities on Wednesday after getting a tip about the temple's secret stash of dead animals.

They also found the body of a Binturong, a protected species commonly known as a bearcat, and a number of dead wildlife organs.

Edwin Wiek, founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, tweeted wildlife authorities also confiscated a dozen protected hornbill birds on the premises.

His claim could not be independently confirmed.

Monks at the temple were not immediately available for comment.


The temple has been charged with illegally possessing wildlife carcasses.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in jail and a fine of 40,000 baht.

The temple already faces charges for having animals under protection, which has the same punishment.

Officials on Wednesday moved another 12 tigers to the Khao Son and Khao Prathap Chang Wildlife breeding centres in Ratchaburi's Chom Bung district.

This brought the total of animals relocated since Monday to 52.

There are 85 more there to be moved to the wildlife center.


The Tiger Temple has been investigated for suspected links to wildlife trafficking and abuse.

The raid on the temple that began on Monday is the latest move in a tug-of-war since 2001 to bring the tigers under state control.

Tiger parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine.


The World Wildlife Fund on Wednesday praised the department for taking action against the monastery's zoo.

"This week's actions to remove the tigers from the Tiger Temple are long overdue and we strongly encourage the DNP to make the removal of the tigers permanent," said Yowalak Thiarachow, Country Director, WWF-Thailand.

On Tuesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group said the temple was "hell for animals" and called on tourists to stop visiting animal attractions at home and abroad.

The temple had become a tourist destination where visitors snapped selfies with bottle-fed cubs.

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  • abuse (noun): cruel, violent or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it - การข่มเหง, การปฏิบัติไม่ดีต่อ
  • allegations (noun): accusations - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • appear: to seem - ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า
  • attraction (noun): an interesting or enjoyable place to go or thing to do - สิ่งที่ดึงดูดความสนใจ
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • available: not too busy to do something - ใช้ประโยชน์ได้
  • based on (verb): information or facts used to make a story, calculation, judgement or decision - ตั้งอยู่บน,ยึดเป็นหลัก
  • boycott: a refusal to take part in an activity or to buy a product as a way of expressing strong disapproval - การคว่ำบาตร
  • carcass: the body of a dead animal - ซาก
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
  • comment (noun): expressing an opinion - การแสดงความคิดเห็น
  • commonly (adverb): ordinarily, generally - อย่างธรรมดา
  • confirm (verb): to state or show that something is definitely true or correct, especially by providing evidence - ยืนยัน
  • confiscated: officially taken away - ถูกยึด
  • cub: a young bear, lion, fox, etc - ลูกของสัตว์
  • custody: the state of being in prison or under police control, especially while waiting for trial - การกักขัง, การคุมขัง
  • Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (noun): an agency of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment responsible for overseeing the country's national parks, wildlife and plants - กรมอุทยานแห่งชาติ สัตว์ป่า และพันธุ์พืช
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • director-general: the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation - อธิบดี
  • discovery: an act or the process of finding somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - การค้นพบ
  • dozen: a group of twelve of the same thing - หนึ่งโหล
  • ethical: involving the principles used for deciding what is right and what is wrong - ตามหลักจรรยา
  • facility (noun): a building, equipment, etc., used for a particular purpose - โรงงาน, สถานบริการ, สิ่งก่อสร้าง, สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก
  • fine: an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ
  • grisly: involving death or violence in a shock way; very unpleasant to look at because it involves death or violence - น่ากลัว,น่าขนลุก,น่าเขย่าขวัญ
  • hidden (adjective): when something was put in a place where people cannot see or find it - ที่ซ่อนไว้
  • illegally: in a way that is against the law - อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
  • immediately (adv): happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที
  • independently: without help from others - พึ่งตนเอง
  • international: connected with or involving two or more countries - นานาชาติ, สากล, ระหว่างประเทศ
  • investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
  • is beyond me: I do not understand -
  • known as (verb): has the name .... -
  • latest (adj): newest; most recent - ] ล่าสุด, See also: ทันสมัยที่สุด, เกิดหลังสุด
  • links: connections - ความเชื่อมโยงกัน
  • maximum: the most possible - ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
  • merit: the quality of being good and of deserving praise, reward or admiration - บุญ, คุณความดี, คุณค่า
  • move (noun): action -
  • observer: a person who watches what happens but has no active part in it; a person who watches and analyses a situation - ผู้สังเกตการณ์,ผู้ออกความเห็น
  • on-site: at a particular place -
  • operation: a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ
  • organ: a part of the body that has a particular purpose, such as the heart or the brain - อวัยวะ
  • penalty: a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something that is against a law - โทษ
  • possess: to have or own something - ครอบครอง, ถือครอง
  • praise: an expression of strong approval or admiration - การยกย่อง, การชื่นชม
  • premises: the buildings and land that a business or organisation uses - ที่ดินและสิ่งปลูกสร้าง
  • protected species: an animal or plant protected by law, making it illegal to to kill or harm it -
  • punishment: an act or a way of punishing somebody - การลงโทษ
  • raid: to forcefully and suddenly enter a place to catch criminals or to search for something like drugs - ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย
  • recently (adverb): not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้
  • relocate: to move something to a new place - ย้ายที่ใหม่
  • remains: the parts of something that are left after the other parts have been destroyed, used, eaten, removed, etc - ซาก
  • removal: taking something away - การเอาออกจาก
  • remove (verb): to take something away - เอาออกจาก
  • stash: a large amount of something that has been stored or hidden - สิ่งที่เก็บไว้, สิ่งที่ซ่อนไว้,
  • storm: to use force to enter a place and try to take control of it - บุกกระหน่ำ
  • suspected: thought to have done something wrong - เป็นที่สงสัย
  • suspicion (noun): a belief that a crime or improper activity has been committed - ความสงสัย
  • tip: secret information that somebody gives, for example to the police, to tell them about an illegal activity that has happened or is going to happen - ข้อมูล
  • tip off: to tell someone in advance about something that is going to happen or about something that is supposed to be secret - เตือน, บอกให้รู้ล่วงหน้า
  • total: including everything; being the amount or number after everyone or everything is counted or added together - ทั้งหมด
  • traditional: things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time - แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี
  • trafficking: dealing in illegal goods, like drugs, weapons or in illegally moving humans or animals from one place to another - การค้าสิ่งที่ผิดกฎหมาย
  • tug-of-war: two sides fighting to get something, to win in a dispute -
  • value: how much something is worth in money or other goods for which it can be exchanged - มูลค่า
  • wildlife: animals, birds, insects, etc. that are wild and live in a natural environment - สัตว์ป่า
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