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The big cat is one of three which have been totally tamed by monks at a Buddhist temple. To prepare them for visitors, sanctuary chief Monk Chan tires them out with four hours of exercise in the morning with plenty of water play-fights. The tigers then get filled up with boiled chickens — so they don’t feel too peckish with people around . . .

Chan, of the Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno monastery in Kanchanaburi, rescued his first cub in 1999 after its mother was killed by poachers. He has a total of 18 big cats — but not one has attacked a human.

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