Poacher pins down a tiger and appears to PUNCH it after the animal was hunted so its body parts could be made into ‘lucky’ amulets
- Photo shows poacher appearing to punch tiger after pinning it down in Thailand
- The animal is believed to have been hunted down by a gang for its body parts
- South East Asia gang ‘uses tiger remains to make lucky amulets and medicines’
This is the shocking moment a cruel poacher pinned a tiger down and appeared to punch it after the animal was hunted down for its body parts.
The trophy picture from a hunting gang shows a man with his fist above his head as he sits astride the bloodied big cat in northern Thailand.
A poaching gang operating across South East Asia has been targeting animals in the country’s forests before using their remains to make ‘lucky’ amulets, sex medicines and decorations, activists say.
A poacher pinned a tiger down and appeared to punch it after the animal was hunted down for its body parts
They even documented their kills with mobile phone pictures – with the images eventually leading to their downfall.
Results of a three-month long investigation were revealed yesterday, with officials claiming to have stopped the poaching cells which operated on Thailand’s borders.
Wildlife workers said the jungle-savvy hunters would be dispatched across border forests to track the animals, before killing them and smuggling the carcasses to Vietnam to be used in aphrodisiac medicines and as jewellery.
Petcharat Sangchai, director of the NGO Freeland which carried out the probe, said: ‘We do not think this was the poachers’ first time in Thailand, and we believe that they were planning to strike again.’
Officials said they first arrested two Vietnamese members of the group last October in Nakhon Sawan Province, northern Thailand.
Police received a tip-off from a hired driver who was suspicious about the cargo.
They stopped the vehicle, inspected the bag, and discovered fresh tiger skeleton and thousands of bear claws inside.
The picture of the poacher attacking a tiger was found on the phone of one member of the gang. It sparked a three-month-long investigation to uncover the poaching network.
Thai police and wildlife officers inspect a tiger skeleton in Nakhon Sawan province, Thailand. The photo emerged after two Vietnamese nationals were arrested in possession of tiger remains
Police contacted the Freeland organisation for analytical assistance using digital forensics technology.
The investigation revealed that the foreign poachers were part of a wildlife trafficking organisation in Vietnam which supports hunting and smuggling in the forests of Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar.
The recording of their killing of wild tigers shows that the poachers were experienced and well-planned. Police also believed that they had been operating in the border regions for a significant amount of time before they were caught.
Petcharat Sangchai said that tiger skeletons and bear claws are in high demand in many countries Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam.
He said: ‘Tiger skeleton is the crucial ingredient for making a tiger bone liquor which is believed to be a health and sex medicine for elders. Bear claws are used to be a lucky amulet for virtue and fame.
‘This gang has been removed as a threat, but we should be aware that whoever employed them may dispatch more hunters to kill our country’s tigers. Police, rangers and the public must remain vigilant.’