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Thailand's booming animal attractions

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Chinese tourists after paying an additional fee to pose for pictures holding a young tiger at Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Pattaya district, southeast of Bangkok. Thailand’s zoos are under fire from animal lovers, critical of the tourists who show no care for the species other than a chance for entertainment and having their photo taken.

Gorilla mother Kumili arms her newborn at the zoo in Leipzig, central Germany, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The baby gorilla was born during the night between 10 and 11 March 2014 and its sex is still unknown. It's the second  gorilla baby born  within four month in this monkey group. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

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Mother gorilla Kumili embrasses her newborn at the zoo in Leipzig, central German. The baby gorilla was born during the night between 10 and 11 March and its sex is still unknown. It’s the second gorilla baby born within four month in this monkey group. 

A student dressed as a bear waits backstage while participating in a cultural event at a school in Mumbai...A student dressed as a bear waits backstage while participating in a cultural event at a school in Mumbai January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A student dressed as a bear waits backstage while participating in a cultural event at a school in Mumbai, India

Bao Bao...Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda, makes her public debut at an indoor habitat at the National Zoo in Washington, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Bao Bao, who now weighs 16.9 pounds (7.65 kilograms), was born to the zoo's female giant panda Mei Xiang and male giant panda Tian Tian.

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Bao Bao, the four-month-old giant panda, makes her public debut at an indoor habitat at the National Zoo in Washington DC, US. She weighs 7.65kg and was born to the zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang and male Tian Tian. 

Spanish bullfighters wait for the start of a bullfight during the festivities of San Roque, patron saint, in the village of Penafiel, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. In August hundreds of villages around Spain celebrate their patron saints, with bullfights, music and party on the streets. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Matadors wait for the start of a bullfight during the festivities of San Roque, patron saint, in the village of Penafiel, Spain. In August hundreds of villages celebrate their patron saints, with bullfights, music and parties on the streets.