Tiger cubs rescued in Thai smuggling plot
Police in Thailand discovered 16 tiger cubs in the back of a pick-up truck, after the driver tried to avoid a highway checkpoint.
The driver told police he was paid 15,000 baht (£300) to deliver the cubs from a Bangkok suburb to northeastern Udon Thani province on the border with Laos.
Thailand is a hub of the international black market for protected animals and wildlife parts, often used for traditional East Asian medicines.
The driver could face a four-year jail term and 40,000 baht (£800) fine on wildlife smuggling-related charges.
The cubs were taken away to be cared for by wildlife officials.
Katy Hastings reports.
27 Oct 2012