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  Dead Cubs Found at Thailand’s ‘Tiger Temple’

  Officials in Thailand found 40 dead tiger cubs at a Buddhist temple accused of animal abuse.

  The dead cubs were discovered Wednesday in a freezer at the temple, west of Bangkok. Authorities found them while removing dozens of mostly full-grown live tigers from the temple grounds.

  Officials said the cubs appeared to be about a week old. It was not known why they were in the freezer, where temple staff kept food.

  Monks have been operating an unsanctioned zoo, called Tiger Temple. Tourists paid money to view and take pictures with the tigers and other exotic animals.

  Wildlife groups say the animals were illegally bred and poorly treated. They also accuse the monks of making money by selling tiger parts used in traditional Chinese medicine.

  Thai authorities plan to file charges against the temple for illegally possessing endangered species.

  Dead Cubs Found at Thailand’s ‘Tiger Temple’

  On its website, Tiger Temple said some tigers have to be tied up to protect visitors and other tigers because they sometimes wake in a “restless state.”

  “People’s safety has to be our main concern,” it said.

  The monks recently sought permission from the government to operate a zoo, according to the Associated Press. But the request was denied because the temple did not have proper resources to deal with the animals.

  The monks resisted previous attempts to remove the tigers. But this time officials got a court order and the temple complied.

  All of the temple’s 137 tigers are being transferred to various shelters in Thailand.

  I’m Bryan Lynn.

  

  Switzerland Opens World’s Longest, Deepest Rail Tunnel

  Switzerland has opened the world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel, 17 years after starting work on the project.

  The Gotthard Railway Tunnel is 57 kilometers long. Trains passing through it will be about 2.3 kilometers underground at the deepest point.

  The tunnel cost $12 billion to build under the Alps of central Switzerland.

  The tunnel will reduce the time it takes trains to travel between northern and southern Europe. It is also expected to lower the number of vehicles on roads, and move cargo between north and south.

  Many large trucks now carry goods through Europe. The trucks pollute the air.

  Switzerland Opens World’s Longest, Deepest Rail Tunnel

  The two-way tunnel opens for commercial service in December. When that happens, up to 260 freight trains and 65 passenger trains will be able to pass through it every day.

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