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Police stop truck carrying 2 tiger skins from Thai temple

  • In this photo released by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the remains of tiger cubs and a bear are laid out at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  A Thai national parks official says authorities have found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer at a Buddhist temple that operated as an admission-charging zoo.(Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation via AP)

    In this photo released by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the remains of tiger cubs and a bear are laid out at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. A Thai national parks official says authorities have found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer at a Buddhist temple that operated as an admission-charging zoo.(Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tiger skin and bone products are laid out on a table by National Parks and Wildlife officers at the "Tiger Temple," in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 2, 2016. Thai police say they stopped a truck carrying two tiger skins and other animal parts as it was leaving the temple, two staff members were arrested and charged with possession of illegal wildlife. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT

    Tiger skin and bone products are laid out on a table by National Parks and Wildlife officers at the "Tiger Temple," in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 2, 2016. Thai police say they stopped a truck carrying two tiger skins and other animal parts as it was leaving the temple, two staff members were arrested and charged with possession of illegal wildlife. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer, right, examines the belongings of two men arrested after attempting to remove tiger skin's and products from the "Tiger Temple," in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 2, 2016. Thai police say they stopped a truck carrying two tiger skins and other animal parts as it was leaving the temple, two staff members were arrested and charged with possession of illegal wildlife. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT

    A police officer, right, examines the belongings of two men arrested after attempting to remove tiger skin's and products from the "Tiger Temple," in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 2, 2016. Thai police say they stopped a truck carrying two tiger skins and other animal parts as it was leaving the temple, two staff members were arrested and charged with possession of illegal wildlife. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

Thai police say they stopped a truck carrying two tiger skins and other animal parts as it was leaving a Buddhist temple where monks have been accused of being involved in illegal wildlife trafficking.

Police Col. Bandith Meungsukhum said Thursday that two temple staff members in the truck were arrested and charged with possession of illegal wildlife. He said a monk traveling with them will be arrested once he is defrocked.

The discovery comes a day after 40 dead tiger cubs were found in a freezer at the temple.

Authorities this week have been transferring the temple's 137 tigers to animal shelters after obtaining a court order.

The temple is a popular tourist attraction that charged admission for visitors to take photos with tigers.