According to a recent Facebook post by WFFT, the abbot of the temple fired all his staff, leaving the remaining animals at the temple without staff care until their relocation is complete. "The WFFT, along with Thai Animal Guardians Association, are in talks with the authorities on how we can handle this situation and ensure that all the animals are cared for properly," the post reads.
The temple, also known as Wat Pa Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno, first made headlines earlier this week when wildlife authorities began the effort to remove and relocate all 137 of the tourist attraction's captive tigers to government sanctuaries. The temple brought in revenue from tourists who were allowed to get up close and personal with the big cats for photos.
The removal and relocation of all the temple's tigers is scheduled to conclude this week, and wildlife officials are expected to press charges against the temple.