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14 Wild Lions Rescued After Police Raiding Suspected House

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Police officers raid a house that was suspected to store wild animals such as lions, leopard cats, hornbills and other wild animals. The owner of the raided house insisted that he kept the animals legally.

BANGKOK – June 10, 2013 [PDN]; Police officers worked together with the MNRE (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) along with various police chiefs and directors to raid a house that was suspected to keep and store various kinds of wild animals. In the raid police found 34 year-old Mr. Rungrot Wattanapongsawat and Ms. Usnee Saejeam, a group Myanmarese workers were also found in the residence.

Initially, police were able to find over 1,000 different wild animals including Lions, Civets, Sugar Gliders, various kinds of monkeys and a lot more animals were found.


After questioning Mr. Rungrot, it was known that he was hired to guard, feed and keep the place clean. Mr. Rungrot said that he was aware that he dealing with imported animals from Africa. He said that the animals were kept for breeding, it was later known that the owner of the house or residence was 41 year-old Montri Boonpromon.

Mr. Montri then travelled to the residence that the police raided to clear the accusation of illegally breeding wild animals. He brought documents that proved that his animals were legally imported to Thailand. Most of Mr. Montri’s wild animals come from Africa, he said that he has 22 lions, he said that the owned 6 of the lions and the rest are from zoos. Mr. Montri revealed that each of the lions were bought for 200,000 THB, as for the other animals, he said that he imported them in hopes to breed and sell them. He repeatedly stated that he had permission documents regarding the trade of the animals, he’s also said that he didn’t purchase the animals from a 3rd party sell, but directly from Africa. He said that he also had permission from CITES.


Police officers initially charged both Mr. Montri and Mr. Rungrot for possessing wild animals without correct permission and for trading wild animals with permission. The MNRE then sent the wild animals to Rachburi and Chon Buri in hopes to keep the wild animals safe.

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