Tiger Sanctuary in Thailand Closes Amid Accusations of Wildlife Trafficking

June 4, 2016 5:14 PM

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SAI YOK, Thailand — The last tiger, sedated and caged, left the Tiger Temple in Thailand on Saturday in the back of a pickup truck. The abbot who founded the Buddhist-themed zoo has vanished. And five people, including three monks, have been arrested on suspicion of wildlife trafficking.

The removal of the last of 137 tigers after a weeklong operation effectively shut the tourist attraction, where visitors — many of them foreign tourists — could touch tigers and feed them by hand.

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