By The Nation
Suwat Suksiri, chief of the Thung Thale Wildlife Sanctuary, led police and wildlife officials to arrest Nirat Lakthong, 52, at his house in Moo 6 village in Tambon Ao Luek.
The officials found three red-backed sea-eagles in a cage that are about two months old.
Nirat claimed that he got the sea-eagles from friends and he raised them as pets. But officials allege that Nirat raised the sea-eagles to sell to resort and hotel operators to show to tourists.
Nirat was accused of stealing young sea-eagles from their nests and raising them to sell for Bt5,000 each, Suwat said.
He was charged with violating the wildlife conservation and protection act.