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Officials Hunt for Abbot of Tiger Temple

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Tigers at Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno Tiger Temple. Image: Doug Beckers.

KANCHANABURI — The hunt is on for the longtime abbot of the Tiger Temple after he vanished in the wake of raids which discovered evidence implicating the now shuttered tourist attraction in wildlife trafficking.

Monks at the Tiger Temple told officials abbot Phra Visuthisaradhera, aka Luangta Chan, left the complex May 29, one day before more than 1,000 officers and personnel arrived to seize its 137 tigers in a seven-day operation that led to the discovery of frozen tiger cubs, a hoard of other wildlife kept secretly and evidence suggesting commercial products were made there from endangered animals.

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By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee

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