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Thai man nabbed with 16 tiger cubs in truck

Published on Oct 27, 2012 5:30 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai man has been arrested with 16 tiger cubs in his pick-up truck while driving near the kingdom's border with Laos, police said today.

The 52-year-old was arrested yesterday afternoon in Khon Kaen province in northeastern Thailand during a routine check by authorities, who found the cats, aged between six weeks and two months, in cages in the back of the vehicle.

Police said the man was paid 15,000 baht (S$ 650) to transport the tigers from Bangkok, but he denied knowing the identity of the animals' owners.

"He said he only talked to them on the telephone not in person," Lieutenant Colonel Kusol Pongbunchan, chief investigator of the local district police told AFP. He said the driver faced charges of illegal possession and trafficking of endangered species.

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