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Tiger temple in Thailand

There aren`t many places in the world where you can touch a fully-grown tiger, but the monks at Thailand`s Tiger Temple allow you to get up close and personal with their domesticated brood of big cats

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, or the Tiger Temple, is a Theravada Buddhist forest temple in western Thailand. It is a sanctuary for numerous animals, including several tame tigers. The tigers walk around freely once a day and can be petted by visitors.

The Tiger Temple is located in the Saiyok district of the Kanchanaburi province, not far from the border with Myanmar, along the 323 highway.

The tigers spend most of the time in cages, being fed with dog food and washed and handled by monks. Once a day, they are led on leashes to a nearby quarry, where they can roam around freely.

Tourists may observe this from some 10m away, and may even pet one of the tigers. So far, there has been one serious attack on a tourist.

The temple collects donations in order to build a larger tiger sanctuary which would allow the animals to live in an almost natural environment all day long, with plans to release some of the animals back into the wild.

For a real show, watch this video:

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