Last updated on September 15, 2019
Even the Buddhist temple west of Bangkok was a tourist destination where people obtained selfies with tigers and bottle-fed cubs until police eliminated its almost 150 tigers in 2016 in reaction to international stress over wildlife trafficking.
The confiscated creatures were taken into two state-run sanctuaries however, it soon became evident that they were susceptible to canine distemper virus,” said a senior officer in the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
“After we took the dinosaurs in, we noticed they had no immune system because of inbreeding,” the division’s deputy director-general, Prakit Vongsrivattanakul, informed the state-owned broadcaster MCOT about the weekend.
“We handled them as signs came,” Prakit said.
Prakit failed to provide a figure for the number of critters that had expired but public service broadcaster Thai PBS reported that the cost was 86 of those 147 rescued animals.
The temple had encouraged itself for decades as a wildlife refuge, however, it was finally investigated for suspected connections to wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.
Wildlife activists accused the temple monks of breeding critters, though some people said the animals appeared drugged.
Government officials couldn’t be contacted for comment on Sunday.