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A beheaded tiger and other dismembered animal corpses were seized during a gruesome raid on a private zoo.
Police found multiple big cats being kept at the park following reports that some of the animals were dead.
Five tiger cubs, believed to have been illegally smuggled in, were also seized by officers.
While busting the Mukda Tiger Park Farm in Mukdahan, Thailand, officials found multiple big cats allegedly being illegally kept.
Local reports claimed that officers found a dismembered tiger head during the grim haul of corpses.
One grisly snap showed the beasts’ head, with eyes still open, placed on a black tray, separate from a body.
Officials conducted DNA tests on three of the five cubs seized, and found they were not related to any of the tigers in the Mudka Tiger Park Farm.
The results suggest the tigers had been smuggled into the park, according to DNP director general Prakit Wongsriwattanakul.
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If found guilty of smuggling tigers the owner of the zoo faces up to five years in prison, the Bangkok Post reports.
The same private zoo was investigated by officials just two years ago, when the DNP seized a number of protected species from the park including red pandas, elongated tortoises and grey-shanked douc monkeys.
Since then the zoo has been under government watch, according to local reports.
This latest raid was part of a crackdown on illegal trafficking, Bangkok Jack reported.
The surviving tigers were taken to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation’s and a captive breeding site nearby.
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