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Dead tiger cubs are displayed by Thai officials after they were found during a raid on the controversial Tiger Temple, a popular tourist destination which has come under fire in recent years over the welfare of its big cats, in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand June 1, 2016.Reuters

Thai police authorities on Thursday caught a monk who was trying to flee the "tiger temple" with tiger skins and fangs. The discovery comes a day after police found bodies of 40 tiger cubs inside a freezer at the temple.

Agence France-Presse quoted Adisorn Noochdumrong, the Deputy Director of Thailand's parks department, as saying: "Today we found found tigers skins and amulets in a car which was trying to leave a temple." He added that a search of the quarters of several monks revealed more body parts, increasing the haul to two full-body tiger skins, around 10 fangs and dozens of smaller pieces of tiger fur on Thursday.

About the tiger cub bodies found on Wednesday, according to BBC, Police Col Bandith Meungsukhum was quoted by AFP as saying that the cubs would have been one or two days old, but they were unsure as to how long they had been dead. The report said that there will be a DNA test to see whether the cubs were related to the other tigers at the temple.

Wildlife authorities, animal rights groups and conservationists in Thailand have for long accused the temple authorities of being involved in wildlife trafficking, animal abuse and illegal possession of carcasses and endangered species. Activists and former workers have claimed that tigers are mistreated and kept in concrete cages.

AFP reported that the temple authorities have also been accused of making huge profits by selling animals and tiger parts on the black market for medicine use.

The temple has consistently denied such allegations.

The agency quoted the police as saying that no charges will be filed against the temple since the case is still being investigated.

Authorities began the operation to move all 137 tigers from the temple premises after receiving a court order to do so, BBC reported. Dozens of them have already been moved.

Previous raids at the temple had revealed that the temple was keeping dozens of hornbills, jackals and Asian bears without proper permits.

The temple has been a popular stop for tourists for decades. They are allowed to pet and be photographed with the animal, which activists claim are heavily sedated, by paying a fee.

Dead tiger cubs are displayed by Thai officials after they were found during a raid on the controversial Tiger Temple, a popular tourist destination which has come under fire in recent years over the welfare of its big cats, in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand June 1, 2016.
Dead tiger cubs are displayed by Thai officials after they were found during a raid on the controversial Tiger Temple, a popular tourist destination which has come under fire in recent years over the welfare of its big cats, in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand June 1, 2016.Reuters
Dead tiger cubs are displayed by Thai officials after they were found in a raid on the controversial Tiger Temple, a popular tourist destination which has come under fire in recent years over the welfare of its big cats, in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand June 1, 2016.
Dead tiger cubs are displayed by Thai officials after they were found in a raid on the controversial Tiger Temple, a popular tourist destination which has come under fire in recent years over the welfare of its big cats, in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand June 1, 2016.Reuters
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving tigers from Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple, in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, May 30, 2016. Wildlife authorities raided the Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking.
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving tigers from Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple, in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, May 30, 2016. Wildlife authorities raided the Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking.Reuters
A tourist poses next to a tiger before officials start moving tigers from Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016. Thailand has long been a hub for the illicit trafficking of wildlife and forest products, including ivory. Exotic birds, mammals and reptiles, some of them endangered species, can often be found on sale in markets.
A tourist poses next to a tiger before officials start moving tigers from Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016. Thailand has long been a hub for the illicit trafficking of wildlife and forest products, including ivory. Exotic birds, mammals and reptiles, some of them endangered species, can often be found on sale in markets.Reuters
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving tigers from Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016.
A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving tigers from Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016.Reuters
A tiger yawns before the officials start moving them from Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016. Officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said they planned to confiscate and remove more tigers from the temple on Tuesday and send them to a state-owned sanctuary.
A tiger yawns before the officials start moving them from Tiger Temple, May 30, 2016. Officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said they planned to confiscate and remove more tigers from the temple on Tuesday and send them to a state-owned sanctuary.Reuters
A tiger jumps while it is trained at the Tiger Temple, February 25, 2016.
A tiger jumps while it is trained at the Tiger Temple, February 25, 2016.Reuters
Tigers are seen behind a fence at the Tiger Temple, February 25, 2016.
Tigers are seen behind a fence at the Tiger Temple, February 25, 2016.Reuters
A tiger jumps while being trained at the Tiger Temple, February 25, 2016.
A tiger jumps while being trained at the Tiger Temple, February 25, 2016.Reuters
A volunteer pets a tiger inside a cage at Tiger Temple, February 12, 2015.
A volunteer pets a tiger inside a cage at Tiger Temple, February 12, 2015.Reuters