Yes, you read that right. A Buddhist Temple in Thailand, called Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, rescued some baby tigers whose mother was killed by poachers. Since then, more tigers have been born and remain on the temple grounds. The monks say they believe the tigers are reincarnated Buddhist monks.
There’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding the tiger temple. Many visitors have been appalled by the conditions under which the tigers live and the way the monks are profiting from the tourists.
A website called Tiger Temple Truths has a thorough and highly critical report from one informed tourist. If you go to Trip Advisor you’ll see 1,800+ traveler comments with mixed reactions. About half seem to approve of what the monks are doing; the others have significant criticisms. Care2 Causes had a post on this several months ago. And here’s the link to a petition to shut the Tiger Temple down.
Watch the video and see what you think.
Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar