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Horrible end for the animals of Tiger Temple: Wildlife officials reveal remains

Nature officials have revealed the remains of one of the 86 tigers who died of diseases just three years after being rescued from a notorious tourist attraction in Thailand.

Workers wear protective suits to remove body parts from a carcass stored in a barrel of formaldehyde – after dozens of tigers slowly died of Laryngeal tongue paralysis in the Khao Prathap Chang Wildlife Sanctuary.

Thai authorities have seized 147 animals from the Tiger Temple to the west of Bangkok following allegations of animal trade. During the raid they found dead cubs that were kept in the freezer, and others put them in pots.

The tigers, who have been killed since they were rescued in 2016, received an autopsy before their body parts and organs were saved as evidence.

Nature officials have revealed the remains of one of the 86 tigers who died of diseases just three years after being rescued from a notorious tourist attraction in Thailand

Nature officials have revealed the remains of one of the 86 tigers who died of diseases just three years after being rescued from a notorious tourist attraction in Thailand

Spreading the remains on a white sail using metal hooks, nature officials will give the tiger a proper funeral in the government-run sanctuary, according to local media.

Visitors to the infamous temple took selfies with tigers and bottle-fed cubs, but the tourist destination became the center of controversy when it turned out that the owners were selling tiger parts on the black market and allegedly drugging the big cats.

Years later, more than half of the seized tigers died slowly after becoming weak due to the stress of captive life, with their condition steadily deteriorating from their diagnosis to death, The Thaiger reported.

Because the tigers were inbred and only lived in captivity, their immune system was weakened, making them unable to fight the viral disease.

A Thai nature official who wears a protective suit treats the carcass of a tiger preserved by formaldehyde seized from the controversial Tiger Temple

A Thai nature official who wears a protective suit treats the carcass of a tiger preserved by formaldehyde seized from the controversial Tiger Temple

A Thai nature official who wears a protective suit treats the carcass of a tiger preserved by formaldehyde seized from the controversial Tiger Temple

Transferring the remains - which are evidence of human trafficking - on a white canvas, the animal gets a good funeral after an autopsy

Transferring the remains - which are evidence of human trafficking - on a white canvas, the animal gets a good funeral after an autopsy

Transferring the remains – which are evidence of human trafficking – on a white canvas, the animal gets a good funeral after an autopsy

The DNA of all 147 seized tigers could be traced to six that were the original breeding animals, said Patarapol, head of the Department's Wildlife Health Management department.

The police found tiger skins and teeth and at least 1500 amulets made from tiger bones when they raided the Buddhist temple, as well as 60 cub carcasses filled in freezers and formaldehyde in pots.

Some would have been dead for more than five years.

Nature officials empty a barrel filled with formaldehyde. Thai authorities have seized 147 animals from the Tiger Temple to the west of Bangkok following allegations of animal trade

Nature officials empty a barrel filled with formaldehyde. Thai authorities have seized 147 animals from the Tiger Temple to the west of Bangkok following allegations of animal trade

Nature officials empty a barrel filled with formaldehyde. Thai authorities have seized 147 animals from the Tiger Temple to the west of Bangkok following allegations of animal trade

Officails use crocheted metal posts to remove the body. During the raid on the tiger temple they found dead cubs that were kept in the freezer and others are put in pots

Officails use crocheted metal posts to remove the body. During the raid on the tiger temple they found dead cubs that were kept in the freezer and others are put in pots

Officails use crocheted metal posts to remove the body. During the raid on the tiger temple they found dead cubs that were kept in the freezer and others are put in pots

The tourist destination became the center of controversy when it turned out that the owners were selling tiger parts

The tourist destination became the center of controversy when it turned out that the owners were selling tiger parts

Officials empty the barrel with the tiger parts

Officials empty the barrel with the tiger parts

Visitors to the temple took selfies with tigers and cubs fed with bottles, but the tourist destination became the center of controversy when it turned out that the owners were selling tiger parts

Years later, more than half of the seized tigers died slowly after becoming weak due to the stress of captive life

Years later, more than half of the seized tigers died slowly after becoming weak due to the stress of captive life

Years later, more than half of the seized tigers died slowly after becoming weak due to the stress of captive life

The DNA of all 147 seized tigers could be traced to six tigers that were the original breeding stock

The DNA of all 147 seized tigers could be traced to six tigers that were the original breeding stock

The DNA of all 147 seized tigers could be traced to six tigers that were the original breeding stock

Tiger parts, such as ground bones, are popular as traditional medicine in Asia. Tiger skins can sell for tens of thousands of dollars in China.

Nature activists accused the temple monks of illegally breeding tigers, while some visitors said the animals seemed drugged. The temple denied the accusations.

Allegedly a monk tried to escape from the temple during the raid and he drove a truck with hundreds of bottles of tiger skins and teeth that were hidden in a suitcase.

Spread the remains on a white canvas with the help of metal hooks, nature officials will give the tiger a good funeral in the government-run sanctuary

Spread the remains on a white canvas with the help of metal hooks, nature officials will give the tiger a good funeral in the government-run sanctuary

Spread the remains on a white canvas with the help of metal hooks, nature officials will give the tiger a good funeral in the government-run sanctuary

Tiger parts, such as ground bones, are popular as traditional medicine in Asia. Tiger skins can sell for tens of thousands of dollars in China

Tiger parts, such as ground bones, are popular as traditional medicine in Asia. Tiger skins can sell for tens of thousands of dollars in China

Tiger parts, such as ground bones, are popular as traditional medicine in Asia. Tiger skins can sell for tens of thousands of dollars in China

The animal received an autopsy shortly after his death. Because the tigers were inbred and only lived in captivity, their immune system was weakened, making them unable to fight the viral disease

The animal received an autopsy shortly after his death. Because the tigers were inbred and only lived in captivity, their immune system was weakened, making them unable to fight the viral disease

The animal received an autopsy shortly after his death. Because the tigers were inbred and only lived in captivity, their immune system was weakened, making them unable to fight the viral disease

A total of 146 tigers from the temple were seized in 2016 after allegations of animal trade

A total of 146 tigers from the temple were seized in 2016 after allegations of animal trade

A total of 146 tigers from the temple were seized in 2016 after allegations of animal trade

Jars with tigers for children and tiger organs were found in a freezer during the raid, as well as the bodies of 60 cubs

Jars with tigers for children and tiger organs were found in a freezer during the raid, as well as the bodies of 60 cubs

Jars with tigers for children and tiger organs were found in a freezer during the raid, as well as the bodies of 60 cubs

What is laryngeal paralysis?

Laryngeal paralysis occurs when the vocal cords cannot open in response to exertion or breathing needs.

There is the only muscle involved in opening the vocal fold because it is controlled by one of the longest nerves in the body.

This nerve leaves the brain, travels around the neck, circles around the heart and then travels back into the neck to enter the larynx.

It makes swallowing and breathing – especially during exercise – difficult for the animal.

Causes of the disease are from birth, trauma or tumors.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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