The police agency of the central province of Nghe An on August 4 discovered 17 tigers illegally raised by two households.
Fourteen adult tigers were found in cages of a family in Nam Vuc village in Do Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District.
Nguyen Van Hien, born in 1982 and Ho Thi Thanh, born in 1990, confessed to buying baby tigers from Laos to raise in an 80sq.m cage. The tigers currently weigh nearly 200kg each.
Three other adult tigers were raised by a woman named Nguyen Thi Dinh, born 1971, in Phu Xuan village of the same commune.
Dinh built a system of basements for tiger farming on an area of 120m2. Each individual tiger weighs from 225kg to 265kg.
This is the largest case of this kind in Nghe An.
The police sent vehicles to transport the 17 tigers to a local animal rescue center for daily care and investigation. To remove the tigers from cages, veterinarians injected them with anesthetic.
According to the latest news, up to eight out of the 17 tigers have suddenly died.
The information was given by Senior Lieutenant Tran Phuc Thinh, head of the provincial Environmental Board.
The dead tigers were frozen in order to help with the investigation into their cause of death.
A tiger raised by Nguyen Van Hien and Ho Thi Thanh.
Tigers in cage.
The police and forest rangers transfered the tigers to a local animal rescue center for daily care and investigation.
To remove the tigers from cages, veterinarians injected them with anesthetic.
Each tiger weighs from 200 to 265kg.
|Many local residents witness the case.|
Despite ironclad moves taken by appropriate agencies, the trafficking and illegal transport of tigers to make tiger bone glue remains a burning issue in Vietnam.