Starving tigers found on apartment block roof

Two tiger cubs were chained and kept in a cage on the rooftop of an apartment building in central Thailand. Source: AP


THAI police said they had discovered six underfed tigers in specially-built cages on the roof of an apartment building, arresting a man who claimed he had been planning to open a zoo.

Four adult cats and two cubs were found at the property on an industrial estate in Pathumthani province, north of Bangkok, in the raid by police from Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division.

A 28-year-old man, who lives in the building, was arrested at the scene and claimed to own the animals.

“The man said that he was preparing to open a zoo in the province”, said police Captain Montri Neepasee, who said the animals had not been given enough food and did not look “completely healthy”.

The tigers were fed with around 10,000 baht’s worth ($308) of chicken bones a month.

They did not get enough nutrients for their growth,” Capt Montri said, adding that the cubs were “stressed” in the small cages. 

He said the owner of the building, a cousin of the arrested man, denied all knowledge of the caged tigers.

Capt Montri added that the other occupants of the flats had apparently ignored the presence of the big cats on the roof.

“The renters are mostly factory workers and they do not seem to care about environmental issues,” he said.

Police said that the tigers will be sent to an animal sanctuary in a nearby province on Tuesday.

A second officer involved in the case, Colonel Panpong Panklump, said the arrested man had been charged with illegal possession of wildlife, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

He added he believed the tigers would have been sent to Vietnam, where there is demand for “their meat and skins”.

Thailand, a hub of international smuggling, is one of just 13 countries hosting fragile tiger populations. Worldwide, numbers are estimated to have fallen to only 3200 tigers from approximately 100,000 a century ago.

In February police busted a grisly exotic wildlife slaughterhouse in Bangkok when officers caught four men in the act of chopping up a tiger in a residential home.


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2 responses to “Starving tigers found on apartment block roof”

  1. Judy says :

    Nothing suprises me anymore!This is appalling,firstly obtaining so many tigers,then to keep them chained up in completely inappropriate cages with ‘chicken bones’ to live on,for the other people who rent the surrounding apartments who had complete disregard of wild animals chained up inside cages!Then for the ‘owner’ to stress that he was going to open a Zoo!!What rubbish do these idiots come out with?He was no more going to open a zoo than fly to the moon!!!Those tigers were destined to die and this disgusting monster has to pay the price for his crimes!4 years is nothing-what damage could have been done if these poor animals had escaped & attacked someone?The tigers would have been shot dead some innocent person would have been injured or killed-for what?For the greed of an idiot.This man & his accessories to the crimes must be heavliy punished and locked away for a very LONG time.This has to serve as a deterrent to others who think that stealing a wild animal from its natural habitat & locking it up before profiting from its death is acceptable….It is not-it is wrong very wrong & must not go unnoticed.

  2. Asha says :

    This is terribly sad and disturbing. But not unusual in South East Asia.

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