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Guy Busted Raising 6 Tigers on Rooftop

He was only authorized to raise 2
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2012 12:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Thai man has been arrested and accused of illegally raising six tigers on top of an apartment building on Bangkok's outskirts after police busted a larger tiger-trafficking ring in the country. Environmental police acting on a tip found four adult and two juvenile tigers on a rusty caged compound on the rooftop of a four-story apartment in a residential neighborhood in Pathum Thani province today.

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Police say the apartment's caretaker told them he owned the animals but was authorized to raise only two of them; 28-year-old Surasak Bunthienthong has been initially charged with illegal possession of protected wild animals. A police spokesman said an investigation showed the apartment was a transit spot for tiger trading in Thailand, where tigers are illegally sold for skin, fangs, and organs. (Read more tigers stories.)

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