The death of a tiger on 26 May at Tiger Temple, Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, in Kanchanaburi’s Sai Yok resulted from a freak accident, but the temple treated its tigers well and cooperated with Thai authorities. The mysterious death of the tiger had led to fears animals at the temple were being mistreated.

The temple staff hung a Tyre on a chain for tigers to play with, but next morning found a female tiger aged 1 year old dead with the chain around its neck. It had sustained serious neck wounds as it apparently tried to chew the chain off its neck.

Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and submitted a report on the tiger’s death to the Conservation Area 3 Office. Authorities came to inspect the death as per normal procedure.

Insisting the tigers were well taken care of and that each tiger had a microchip implanted and registered with the department, Mahidol University vet checked on the tigers on a regular basis. He had suggested the department stuff the tiger carcass for educational purposes, rather than burn it.