Smuggled tiger cubs rescued from truck in Thailand

  • 29 October 2012
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Sixteen tiger cubs have been rescued from the back of a truck in Thailand.

Police discovered the animals stuffed inside crates when they stopped a lorry driver near Thailand's border with Laos.

The driver, who had avoided a checkpoint, told police that he'd been paid £300 to transport the cubs.

Trading tigers is illegal, but they are prized in many parts of Asia because some people use them in traditional medicines.

The rescued tiger cubs are now being looked after by wildlife officials.

The driver could face up to four years in prison or a fine of about £800 for smuggling.