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Abbot of Infamous 'Tiger Temple' Attacked by Tiger
« on: May 25, 2015, 11:45:28 AM »
Abbot of Infamous 'Tiger Temple' Attacked by Tiger

The abbot of a controversial temple where tourists pay to interact with more than 100 tigers was attacked by one of the wild cats in the sanctuary yesterday.

Phra Wisutthisannen, aka Luang Ta Chan, was sent to hospital with severe wounds on his face and right arm, a temple administrator told reporters.

The abbot was walking the male tiger, named Hern, back to his cage yesterday when the tiger suddenly lunged at his face and bit his arm, said Pol.Col. Sutthipong Pakcharung, deputy chairperson of Wat Pa Luang Ta Maha Bua Foundation.

According to Pol.Col. Sutthipong, the staff immediately pushed the tiger into the cage and sent the abbot to the hospital. Phra Wisutthisannen will undergo surgery to mend his arm, the official said, adding that the monk's condition has been improving.

"I'd like to tell disciples of Luang Ta Chan: don't worry," Pol.Col. Sutthipong told Khaosod last night.

He said staff at Wat Pa Luang Ta Maha Bua believe the tiger might have been in an unusually moody condition, as it is currently mating season.

Known worldwide as the "Tiger Temple," the establishment in Kanchanaburi province offers guided tours in which visitors can pose for photos with some of the 143 tigers living there.

However, the temple has come under criticism from animal rights organizations who say the tigers are mistreated and must be relocated to a proper habitat.

In April, the Department of National Park launched an investigation into Wat Pa Luang Ta Maha Bua after it emerged that the temple was holding wild animals, such as rare birds and bears, without a permit.

The temple also does not possess a proper license to keep the tigers, Thai officials say.

The investigation came to an end in late April when officials suddenly aborted the plan to remove the tigers from the temple on the condition that the monks apply for proper permits from authorities in the near future.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Re: Tigers Temple faces ban on tiger shows
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 06:02:35 PM »
Tigers Temple faces ban on tiger shows and exhibitions

 The National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation Department will notify the abbot of Wat Pa Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno in Kanchanaburi to stop bringing out tigers for public shows, demonstrations or public feeding in exchange for fees from tourists.

The ban stems from an incident last week when Phra Visut Sarathen, the abbot of the temple also known as Wat Sua (or Tigers Temple) in Saiyoke district, was attacked and injured by a tiger during a demonstration, said the department chief Mr Niphon Chotbaan on Monday.

The department, he added, has assigned the deputy chief of the department, Mr Adisorn Nutdamrong, to form a committee with local leaders to look after the 147 tigers in place of the temple under three conditions namely: no breeding of the tigers in captivity; no public shows or demonstrations of the tigers for commercial purpose; and no tigers are allowed to walk outside their cages.

Regarding the tiger which attacked the abbot, Mr Niphon said that the beast which is currently care of the temple would be recalled and taken care of by the department.

He went on saying that the department would find two news homes at Khaoson breeding station and at Khao Prathab Chang in Ratcaburi to accommodate between 70-80 tigers.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Re: Abbot of Infamous 'Tiger Temple' Attacked by Tiger
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2015, 10:32:48 AM »
Expert warns not to pose photos with tigers

Wildlife expert cautions the people not to keep close to tigers for photography or pet them as they could turn aggressive.

The warning from the expert, deputy professor Sompojana Srikosamat of Mahidol University’s Faculty of Biology of the Department of Science, came as a tiger at the Tiger Temple attacked the temple abbot on Saturday amid the eyes of several local and foreign tourists.

But the temple later came out to dismiss the report as untrue, saying the abbot was injured after a misstep from a stairway.

But no matter what the temple would say, the wildlife expert said it was unsafe to pet on tigers or pose pictures with the tigers at close range.

He compared pet tiger to a big cat which is untamed no matter how good  it was raised.

The big cat remains in itself  its hunting instinct.

He said even though a pet tiger is fully fed to ease its hunger and lower its fierceness and becomes less aggressive, but in reality, the animal can be stimulated by surrounding environment.

Change of environment could create accumulation of stress in the animal and finally attack could be unpredictable.

He said tigers in nature like to spend most of their time alone, roaming in massive areas.

But posing pictures with tiger in close range at  limited space could increase its accumulation of stress, he said.

He said as a large number of Thai people have acquainted with tigers, but knowledge of tigers remained limited, notably knowledge of its behaviour, relation between human and  animal.

He then advised that the safest way is to try not to stay close to the tiger at any case even though its raiser will ensure it is tamed.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.