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  posted on 8/10/2004 at 01:53 AM
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3548600.stm
Thai orang-utans feared dead
Bangkok police are investigating the apparent deaths of 41 orang-utans at the city's Safari World wildlife park.
Park officials said the animals died from natural causes, but police suspect they may have been killed or moved elsewhere to avoid DNA tests.

The park is already under investigation for allegedly smuggling orang-utans from Indonesia and Malaysia.

Last week it was forced to suspend its controversial orang-utan kick-boxing fights due to international pressure.

When police went to the park in July with an order to seize all the orang-utans, officers found only 69 of the animals, despite records showing that there should have been 110.

Safari World claimed the 41 missing animals were cremated after they died of diarrhoea and respiratory diseases.

"We had to burn them to prevent the spread of the disease, but we have their photos and documented every one of the animals' symptoms before their disposal," a park employee told the Associated Press.

But police spokesman Vijit Nantawong told the French news agency AFP: "We don't believe they have died. We believe they have been moved somewhere else."

"We want to investigate whether it is true that they were cremated," he said.

Police suspect that the park may be trying to cover its tracks, after allegations were made that it illegally smuggled the endangered animals into Thailand.

But Safari World officials claimed their orang-utans were not smuggled, but the fruits of a successful captive breeding programme.

The park has been the target of animal rights campaigners for some time.

Last week, the Thai authorities forced Safari World to suspend its orang-utan fights while they investigated claims of cruelty and exploitation.

The orang-utans, in boxing gloves and brightly-coloured shorts, have featured at the park for decades.



 

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  posted on 8/12/2004 at 11:44 AM
Right Turn Clyde.

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  posted on 8/12/2004 at 12:23 PM
is there a video of this we can see?

 

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  posted on 8/12/2004 at 08:23 PM
Y'all ever seen the Rasselin Orangutang.

This guy had one and would pay $1000 dollars if you
could say in the ring with the Champ for one minute.
I cost like 50 bucks to try.

he'd throw most dudes out in 10 seconds.

They are very strong and agile.

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  posted on 8/13/2004 at 03:39 AM
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is there a video of this we can see?

not that I know of but on the BBC site there is a picture of an Orangutang in boxing gloves and shorts. If I find a video I'll give you the link or burn it to cd for you.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2004 at 08:38 AM
I've never seen orangutans kick boxing, but I have seen a monkey knife fight in international waters on a yacht that I stole from my boss who owns a nuclear power plant.

 

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