We decided to visit Tiger Temple. Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is a Buddhist temple in western Thailand that was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals, among them several tigers, mostly Indo-chinese Tigers. In 1999, the temple received the first tiger cub, one that had been found by villagers; it died soon after. Later, several tiger cubs were given to the temple, typically when the mothers had been killed by poachers, people whose “pet” tigers were getting too big, or those who had to when the laws about the keeping protected species became more strict. As of 2007, over 21 cubs had been born at the temple, and the total number of tigers was about 12 adult tigers and 4 cubs. As of May 2012, the total number of tigers living at the temple has risen to over 100.
Trying to raise funds and awareness, some of the Tigers were presented to the audience, for 2h/day and you could take pictures with them. They were still kept on the leash and most of them were in a sleeping mode.
My Tiger next to another 🙂
– So, should I touch his butt?
– Yes, yes, he won’t mind
Cine-i pisica frumoasa? Ia sa vedem, ai carii? Zi: Aaaa
Asa se imblanzeste 🙂
The cubs were immensely cute.
We also observed how a monk was feeding one tiger. We did not understand why they used a baby bottle.
We asked a monk to take a picture with us. He was smoking and said: Ok 🙂
Next you see written in stone, in the Temple garden, the “Way to Peace”.