137 tigers removed from Tiger Temple after 40 dead tigers were found in freezer

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By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A temple that allowed visitors to walk among its tigers, has been raided by police after 40 dead tigers were found in a freezer, according to police in Thailand.

Bangkok police said that they have arrested three Buddhist monks on Thursday, after being accused of trying to smuggle tiger skins and other tiger parts.

The Tiger Temple has been popular with tourists who pay about $20 to pose for photos with the tigers and to feed their babies.

Police raided the temple on Monday, and confiscated the 137 tigers that were held on the premises. Police also seized tiger skins and amulets made from tiger parts.

Baby tigers were found in 20 glass jars, which were used for medicine. The seizure of tiger products followed the discovery of 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer of the temple.

Investigators believe that tigers were being preserved for use in potions.