Sleeping Cat - Thailand Tiger Temple

Tim Topping

Newport, United Kingdom

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Sleeping Tiger, Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua or Tiger Temple, Thailand. Shot with Fujifilm S6500fd. The temple is located in the Saiyok district of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, not far from the border with Myanmar, some 38 km (24 mi) north-west of Kanchanaburi along the 323 highway. In 1999, the temple received the first tiger cub, that had been found by villagers and died soon after. Later, several tiger cubs were given to the temple over time, typically when the mothers had been killed by poachers, others who wanted to get rid of their tiger “pets” or those were under pressure to do so as laws and policies surrounding the keeping of protected species became more strict.1 As of 2007, over 21 cubs have been born at the temple, and the total number of tigers is about 12 adult tigers and 4 cubs. As of late March 2011, the total number of tigers living at the temple has risen to almost 90.

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