Thai wildlife officials have discovered 40 dead cubs inside a freezer at a controversial “tiger temple” which has been locked in a long-running dispute with authorities and animal rights groups, police said.
Wildlife officials found the tiger cubs during a continuing operation to remove dozens of adult cats from the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi.
“We found 40 tiger cubs today, they were aged about one or two days when they died but we don’t quite know yet how long they have been dead,” police colonel Bandith Meungsukhum, a local officer, told media.
Adisorn Noochdumrong, the deputy head of Thailand’s parks department, said they would file charges against the temple for keeping the carcasses without permission.
“A keeper said he was told to place the carcasses when they died in cold storage,” he told media.
The temple has long proved a hit among mainly foreign visitors who flock there to be photographed – for a fee – next to the scores of exotic feline pets.