Rangers seize tiger from notorious Vietnamese province

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Park rangers in the north central province of Nghe An confiscated a tiger from the house of Le Van Dat in Yen Thanh District's Do Thanh Commune on Tuesday, VietNamNet reported.

Nguyen Trong Thuc, the district's chief park ranger, said the tiger weighs around 200 kilograms.

Le Cao Binh, chief park ranger for the province, said the tiger is being kept by Yen Thanh District police until relevant authorities receive instruction from their superiors.

Last October, local media reported that several farmers in Yen Thanh District had been illegally raising tigers in their homes. District authorities launched several investigations, but had not seized any tigers there until earlier this week.

However, on November 6, police in the adjacent Dien Chau District seized two tigers from the house of Nguyen Van Sang.

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Further investigations determined that the tigers actually belonged to Nguyen Thi The of Yen Thanh District. Thi The admitted that she had asked Sang to keep her two tigers after local media reported on the illegal tiger breeding that was allegedly rampant within her district.

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