Connect with us


Cranes help lift moon bears out of Tiger Temple




– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Cranes help lift moon bears out of Tiger Temple
The Nation / Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Forest rangers and wildlife protection officials yesterday retrieved six moon bears – a protected species – from dens at a famous temple in Kanchanaburi known to tourists as the Tiger Temple, despite resistance by resident monks and their followers.

The animals were sedated before being hoisted by a crane onto trucks carrying cages and taken away unbeknown to the many protesters, who had blocked the temple’s entrance.

The bears are now at a wildlife breeding facility in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district.

Action will also be taken in response to 143 or 146 Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation-registered Bengal tigers being kept at the same temple, Wat Pa Luangta Maha Bua, which also serves as a zoo, said senior department official Kraiwut Iamnont.

After the dramatic retrieval of the bears, which was carried out by a 400-strong team made up of department staff, police and soldiers, a petition was filed with local police accusing people of keeping a protected species without permission.

No forestry or department officials discussed what action will be taken in the case of the tigers.

A large number of monks and followers began their blockade at the temple’s entrance a few days ago in a bid to prevent forest rangers and wildlife protection officials entering the premise.

Entry to the temple was achieved after officials distracted protesters by pretending to negotiate with them so that a rescue team could sneak intrucks carrying cages and sedate the bears.

Bears stuck in cages for many hours

Another rescue team hoisted the animals onto the trucks and they were put in the cages and both teams drove away. But it took many hours before the bears could be lifted out in their cages.

Kraiwut said an investigation would begin to determine the exact number of tigers at Wat Pa Luangta Maha Bua, after a vet who monitored the tigers, Somchai Wisetmongkholchai, recently said three tigers were stolen from the temple.

A department source said Kanchanaburi authorities would seek the cooperation of the temple over measures to inspect the tigers, which had microchips embedded under their skin to verify their status as being registered with the department.

The department will wait for the temple’s response before taking action, the source said.

The temple houses many types of unprotected animals.

— Phuket Gazette Editors


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand13 mins ago

Frenchman arrested for scamming Thai woman out of 2 million baht in Bangkok

Thailand34 mins ago

CAAT warns Thai VietJet for cancelling three Phuket – Bangkok flights in one day

Entertainment1 hour ago

VIDEO: Harry and Meghan haters out in full force ahead of Netflix series

Sponsored2 hours ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Crime1 hour ago

VIDEO: Policeman fined 500 baht for blocking ambulance in northeast Thailand

Weather2 hours ago

Flood warning for 11 southern provinces

Thailand3 hours ago

Apple plans to move production out of China and into Thailand | GMT

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime17 hours ago

Everything stolen from Danish man’s 3 homes on Koh Samui

Vietnam18 hours ago

Thai Vietjet resumes Bangkok-Da Lat flights after 3-year break

Chon Buri18 hours ago

A mother and baby escape blaze in Chon Buri with severe burns

Politics19 hours ago

Whole new world of censorship pain on its way to Thailand

Technology19 hours ago

Apple plans to move production out of China and into Thailand

Hot News19 hours ago

Sex outside of marriage to carry one year jail sentence in Indonesia

Phang Nga20 hours ago

Four orcas spotted playing near the Similan Islands

Economy21 hours ago

Arrogant Thai construction company rips off Myanmar migrant workers

Bangkok22 hours ago

Safety systems at Central World found fully functional after fire

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11