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Taken at the Phua Luang Ta Ba Temple 40 km outside of Kanchanaburi Town on the River Kwai in Western Thailand. The temple is located in an isolated compound surrounded by sparsely inhabited and inhospitable country close to the Burmese border. The temple raises 8 tiger cubs that came to the sanctuary via various channels.

The relationship between the monks and their tigers has to be seen to be appreciated. The monks mind them with form of being able to defend themselves and put their entire trust in the animals. The trust has evidently become mutual. Unfortunately you are now unable to visit the tigers as they are now fully grown and the Abbott does not want to risk endangering the visiting public and also has decided that it is too disruptive for the tigers. I am blessed to have witnessed such a bond.

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