Finally justice prevails for some of our furry friends who were being held captive illegally at the famous Tiger temple in Thailand.
Asiatic Black Bears are a protected species yet Thai monks did keep 6 of them in tiny cages (to see how shockingly tiny see the photo) on a display for paying visitors.
When the Thai army came to get the bears, the monks (i almost did write "monkeys"!!) blocked the road. The army in return came up with a crane and hoisted the rescued bears in their tiny cages over the wall.
Tiger Temple sadly is a famous tourists attraction in Thailand with about 156 tigers. It is naively promoted, including in all western tourist guidebooks, as a noble rescue center for orphaned tigers but in reality these tigers are bred (and raised by humans) for the purpose of being displayed for commercial entertainment. It is just a petting zoo!
Rumors are, that eventually these tigers when died (and not always a natural death.), they end up being sold as tiger bones or other tiger parts on the black market in Thailand and for the Chinese market.
I am not following politics in detail here in Thailand, but it seems the Thai army in general is doing a good job with fighting the widespread corruption, protecting nature such as anti poaching and stopping illegal logging, and even promoting bicycles.