GRAPHIC: 40 dead tiger cubs found in FREEZER at Thailand’s Tiger Temple
It hasn't been the best week to be an animal. First Harambe the gorilla was killed, now, 40 dead tiger cubs were found in a freezer at Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple. Authorities are now investigating the temple for wildlife trafficking. Yikes.
WARNING: The images are pretty graphic
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Why did this happen?
The cubs were likely only a few days old when they died, and there's no knowledge yet of how long they have been stored in the freezer. The deputy director-general of the Department of National Parks said he wasn't sure exactly why they would've kept the baby tigers frozen, but they had to be of some value to the temple.
In a statement, the Tiger Temple said the dead cubs used to be cremated, but the policy changed a few years back, likely to have on-hand proof that they weren't trafficking the dead cubs.
Since the gruesome finding, officials have started operations to get the rest of the tigers out of there and the Tiger Temple is now closed. The monks have denied any wrongdoing, but the police and animal rights activists think the whole thing is super sketchy.
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The Tiger Temple is a tourist site that lets people pay to take selfies with the gentle giants, and it has a long history of controversy. These recent findings, though, may close the operation for good.
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