41 kickboxing orangutans missing, presumed dead


Jun 3, 2003
41 kickboxing orangutans missing, presumed dead
"Bangkok police are investigating the apparent deaths of 41 orangutans at the city's Safari World wildlife park. Park officials said the animals died from natural causes, but police suspect they may have been killed or moved elsewhere to avoid DNA tests. The park is already under investigation for allegedly smuggling orangutans from Indonesia and Malaysia. Last week it was forced to suspend its controversial orang-utan kickboxing fights due to international pressure. When police went to the park in July with an order to seize all the orangutans, officers found only 69 of the animals, despite records showing that there should have been 110... Police suspect that the park may be trying to cover its tracks, after allegations were made that it illegally smuggled the endangered animals into Thailand."

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