14 Jul '11, 9am

Police raid Thai zoo in tiger smuggling probe [StraitsTimes Asia]

Police raid Thai zoo in tiger smuggling probe [StraitsTimes Asia]

Thai wildlife police on Thursday said they had discovered several unregistered tiger and leopard cubs in a raid on a private zoo, raising suspicions that it was part of a smuggling ring. -- PHOTO: AFP BANGKOK - THAI wildlife police on Thursday said they had discovered several unregistered tiger and leopard cubs in a raid on a private zoo, raising suspicions that it was part of a smuggling ring. Six big cats were confiscated in the operation earlier this week - a pair of adult tigers, two tiger cubs and two leopard cubs - with the four young animals lacking official documentation, the Thai Nature Crime Police said. Police colonel Kiattipong Khawsamang said the owner of the newly-built zoo, in northeastern Chaiyaphum province, said the tiger cubs were the offspring of the older cats and promised to produce evidence of their legitimacy. 'He planned to open up a private zoo th...

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