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Thailand Slaughters Tigers to Stop Bird Flu Outbreak

Thailand has slaughtered at least 18 tigers in an effort to stop a bird flu outbreak at a private zoo in central Thailand.

Thai officials say at least 30 other tigers at the zoo in Chonburi province have died from bird flu, while at least five more may be slaughtered.

It is believed the tigers contracted bird flu after being fed raw chickens.

The zoo, which was home to about 400 tigers before the bird flu epidemic, has been shut down indefinitely.

Bird flu has killed 11 people in Thailand this year.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.