Only recently, authorities in Thailand succeeded in saving the lives of as many as sixteen tiger cubs. More precisely, they kept them from being chopped up and turned into traditional Chinese medicine.
Apparently, these tiger cubs were carefully tucked away in a truck driven by a Thai driver, and the police only grew suspicious of the situation when the driver tried to avoid a highway checkpoint.
While inspecting this man's truck, the police came face to face with these cubs, all of which were locked up in cages and no older than 2 years of age.
Once caught in the act, the truck's driver stated that somebody else offered him money (about £300 / €373.26 / $483.03) to make sure the cubs made it safely from Bangkok all the way to the border with Laos.
Because of this, authorities are fairly sure that these baby tigers were supposed to be smuggled out of the country and later on killed in order to make traditional Chinese medicine.
For the time being, the truck's driver, Faren Kongfu, finds himself in police custody and will soon become acquainted with the legal consequences of his actions.
Thus, Daily Mail
explains that, all things considered, it is quite likely that he will have to spend about four years in jail, and that he will also be asked to pay a fine of roughly £800 (€995.37 / $1,288.09).
After the police officials rescued them from the cages in Faren Kongfu's truck, the sixteen baby tiger have been entrusted to the staff working at a wildlife and national park in Thailand, who will make sure that all their needs are properly met.
For those unaware, it seems that traditional Chine medicine has a long history of using several body parts coming from tigers in order to treat various human health conditions.
More precisely, because of the tiger's natural stamina and strength, it is believed that some of this animal's body parts can add to an individual's energy resources.
Most of the times, the preferred tiger body parts are the animal's bones, its whiskers, its teeth and its eyes.