From Bird flu may have killed Thai tigers
The bird flu epidemic that has killed 31 people in southeast Asia this year may also have killed 23 tigers at a zoo in eastern Thailand, a cabinet minister says.
"I've received a report this morning that 23 tigers have died and some others have been sick," Deputy Prime Minister Chaturon Chaisang told reporters on Tuesday.
"Their preliminary symptoms showed they might have caught bird flu," said Chaturon, who is in charge of the Thai battle against bird flu.
A clouded leopard died in similar fashion at a Thai zoo earlier this year and scientific studies have shown since that cats can be infected with avian flu, which means pets could spread the disease.
The underlying fear of the bird flu epidemic, which swept through much of Asia early this year, is that the H5N1 avian flu virus could get into an animal that can also host a human flu virus, most likely a pig.
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From Xinhuanet: 147 tigers killed in Thailand to contain bird flu
The Thai government killed 147 tigers during last month's operation to wipe out the bird flu virus, the Thai News Agency reported Thursday.
According to the report, the tigers were killed at the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo where several tigers died from bird flu after being fed raw chicken.
The government also killed more than 1.5 million chickens in the operation, the report said.