Officers from the National Park Authority, police and the Natural Resources and Environment Department have seized two tigers from the Hua Hin Safari and Adventure Park on January 14th.
This seizure was made in connection to case from November 2020 when a Mukdahan zoo was alleged to have five illegally smuggled tiger cubs. In that case the cubs were found not to be related to any of the adult tigers at that zoo after DNA tests were conducted.
The owner of the Mukdahan zoo had claimed that tigers they owned had given birth to the cubs. The owner of that zoo was charged for having protected wildlife without permission and giving false statements to authorities who are still looking for the source of the tiger cubs.
After the case in Mukdahan, zoo operations with tigers and tiger cubs in Thailand have been under scrutiny; looking at the source of tigers in captivity.
It has been reported that DNA evidence has been found to link the five cubs in Mukdahan to the two cubs found at the Hua Hin Safari and Adventure Park. This means that they are likely are the cubs have the same source.
A search warrant was issued and the two tiger cubs were seized from the park and taken to the Wildlife Forensics Center.