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40 Dead Tiger Cubs Found in Temple's Freezer

Temple suggests they died naturally
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2016 1:13 AM CDT
Updated Jun 1, 2016 2:33 AM CDT
40 Dead Tiger Cubs Found in Temple's Freezer
A tiger is fed with milk from a bottle at the "Tiger Temple." WARNING: The following image is disturbing.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

(Newser) – Forty dead tiger cubs and other animal parts were discovered Monday during a raid to free tigers from a popular tourist site in Thailand, known as the Tiger Temple. Wildlife officials—who accuse the temple of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse—say the cubs were days old when they died; it isn't clear how long they had been in the freezer. The BBC notes tiger body parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine. However, the temple says cubs "do occasionally die for various reasons" and have been "preserved in jars or kept frozen" since 2010—rather than being cremated—perhaps as proof that they had not been sold. (Read more Thailand stories.)

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