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Man arrested with exotic wild cats


A man has been arrested after being found in possession of protected wild cats which are fierce, the authorities claim.

Man arrested with exotic wild cats

Officers went to a house in Koh Lanta near Krabi after they were notified that a man was keeping protected leopard cats.
A three-year-old male leopard cat weighing 2kg was found inside a big cage at the house. Supakdee Sangkhao, 33, said he was the owner of the cat.
Officers also found a female Bengal cat and 17 kittens walking around the house. They believe the kittens are a mixture of leopard and Bengal.
Officers sterilised all the kittens as the cats are potentially fierce. 
Supakdee has been charged with illegal possession of protected animals.
Supakdee said: “A neighbour gave me the leopard cat when it was a kitten.

Man arrested with exotic wild cats

A European tourist gave me the Bengal. I didn’t know that keeping them was illegal.”
The mixture of these two wild cat breeds is very popular. They are quite large and have fur like a tiger and can cost from Bt10,000-100,000. 
Police suspect Supakdee was breeding the cats commercially and said they are conducting further investigations.

Source: thethaiger.com

Published : December 12, 2018

By : The Thaiger