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Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Asia, Photo of the Week, Photos, Thailand

Photo of the Week: Sleepy Tiger in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Photo of the Week: Tiger Cavities in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

These guys aren’t so fierce now are they? Look at that cute little face, eyes squeezed shut in slumber. Just a big ball of fur I want to cuddle. 

The Tiger Temple, Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is located in Kanchanaburi, Thailand about 2 hours from Bangkok. The Tiger Temple is a Theravada Buddhist forest temple and an animal sanctuary for these fuzzy fellows.

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua received its first tiger cub in 1999, but continued to receive cubs who had been orphaned due to poachers in the area killing mother tigers. As the years passed, and the cubs grew, the tigers reproduced and now many tigers and born within the temple sanctuary.

The tigers are permitted to wander the temple freely and visitors are permitted to enter when the tigers are sleepy in the afternoon since Tigers are primarily nocturnal animals. They are fighting the Thai heat as much as we are!