Exit the Cat

Thailand's Tiger Temple, much beloved by tourists, has come under fire in recent years for treating its big cats cruelly. The animals are now being moved from the complex in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok.

Officials try to lead a tiger into a cage.

Officials try to lead a tiger into a cage. (Reuters)

A sedated tiger is seen in a cage.

A sedated tiger is seen in a cage. (Reuters)

A sedated tiger is taken away on a stretcher as officials start removing the big cats from the Tiger Temple.

A sedated tiger is taken away on a stretcher as officials start removing the big cats from the Tiger Temple. (Reuters)

Thai officials rush to remove a sedated tiger from the Tiger Temple.

Thai officials rush to remove a sedated tiger from the Tiger Temple. (Reuters)

Officials prepare weapons with a sedation as they start moving tigers from the Tiger Temple.

Officials prepare weapons with a sedation as they start moving tigers from the Tiger Temple. (Reuters)

Big cats removed from Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple

A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving tigers from Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple, a popular tourist destination which has come under fire in recent years over the welfare of its big cats in Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok (Reuters)

Thai officials deliberate over how best to remove a sedated tiger from Thailand's Tiger Temple.

Thai officials deliberate over how best to remove a sedated tiger from Thailand's Tiger Temple. (Reuters)

A tourist poses next to a tiger before officials start removing them from Thailand's Tiger Temple.

A tourist poses next to a tiger before officials start removing them from Thailand's Tiger Temple. (Reuters)

A Buddhist monk walks past a tiger before officials start removing them from Thailand's Tiger Temple, in Kanchanaburi province.

A Buddhist monk walks past a tiger before officials start removing them from Thailand's Tiger Temple, in Kanchanaburi province. (Reuters)

A tiger yawns before officials start removing them from Thailand's Tiger Temple.

A tiger yawns before officials start removing them from Thailand's Tiger Temple. (Reuters)