Police in Nghe An Province, located in north-central Vietnam, have discovered 15 fully grown tigers at a local resident’s house.
A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Wednesday morning that officers had raided a house in Do Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District earlier the same day.
At least 15 adult tigers, each weighing more than 200 kilograms, were found being raised illegally at the venue.
The tigers were then put into metal cages and brought to a local animal rescue center for further care and investigation.
The Tuoi Tre source stated that similar cases have been detected in Do Thanh Commune over the past years.
|Tiger cubs are fostered at the rescue center at Pu Mat National Park in Nghe An Province, Vietnam after being rescued from illegal trade on August 1, 2021. Photo: Xuan Cuong / Tuoi Tre
On Sunday, police in Nghe An arrested two men, aged 37 and 54, after they were caught transporting seven live baby tigers for sale.
They failed to show police any documents proving the origin of the wild animals, stating that they had been hired by an unidentified Laotian man.
The tiger cubs were then transferred to the rescue center at Pu Mat National Park.
Tigers and many other wild animals are strictly banned from being traded in, imported to or exported from Vietnam as they are on the list of endangered wildlife protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to which the country has been party since 1994.