They believe that it was here the tigers were killed for their body parts to be exported across Asia. Though they have detained two caretakers, the authorities are yet to find the house’s owner.
This gruesome discovery was made two days after the discovery of 40 bodies of tiger cubs. EPA
On June 1, authorities had found 40 baby tiger bodies and those of other animals in a freezer inside the temple. Two days later, reports say, they discovered at least 20 jars containing dead bodies of the tiger cubs.
The body of a tiger cub preserved in a jar. EPA
The temple is actually called the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua but is known around the world as the Tiger Temple. It is the only place in the world where otherwise ferocious Royal Bengal Tigers mingle freely with visitors and residing monks, without causing harm to anyone.
Thai wildlife and police stand before jars containing the bodies of tiger cubs. EPA
Located in Kanchanaburi province, north-west of Bangkok, the temple has been accused of trafficking even before the authorities clamped down on it in a raid that began on May 30.
The skin of a tiger found in the temple. AP
Of the 22 charged, three are Buddhist monks and 17 are members of the temple’s foundation. The authorities claim that a search of the quarters of the monks unearthed more body parts.
Despite the increasing numbers of tiger carcasses, the Tiger Temple continues to refute the allegations against it. Three days after the raid, when the authorities discovered the 40 tiger cub bodies, the Temple had posted on it Facebook account stating that the babies died a natural death and that the temple had been advised to store the bodies in a freezer instead of cremating them.