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Thai police stop truck carrying 2 tiger skins from Buddhist temple

Thai police stop truck carrying 2 tiger skins from Buddhist temple

Thai police stopped a truck Thursday carrying two tiger skins and other animal parts as it was leaving a Buddhist temple where monks have been accused of being involved in illegal wildlife trafficking, a police officer said.

Soon afterward, authorities found 20 jars containing preserved young tigers at the temple, a national parks official said — a day after 40 dead tiger cubs were found in a freezer at the temple.

The discoveries have come as authorities have been transferring 137 live tigers, mostly adults, from the temple to animal shelters after obtaining a court order.

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