Unseemly end for the royals

Published: Tuesday 30 November 2004

Another species has fallen to bird flu. Thai authorities have decided to kill 80 tigers in the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province to contain the disease. Thirty tigers in the zoo have already died. More than 400 tigers there were regularly fed raw chicken that could have carried the virus. The animals chosen for being killed displayed bird flu symptoms.

The World Health Organization has said tiger infections had no implications for human beings. Thailand has been continuously battling bird flu outbreaks this year. At least 11 people in the country have already died of the disease.

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