Monkeys, monitor lizards, a fennel… An Indian was caught at Bangkok airport with 17 wild animals in his suitcases

An Indian man was arrested at Bangkok’s worldwide airport as he ready to board with 17 reside animals in his baggage, Thai wildlife officers mentioned on Wednesday, quoted by AFP.

Marmoset monkeysPhotograph: DreamsTime

The dominion is understood for trafficking wild animals, normally to necessary markets comparable to Vietnam and China, the place they’re utilized in conventional drugs.

Throughout an X-ray verify of the suitcases on Tuesday night time, the Division of Wildlife discovered eight marmoset monkeys, a fennec (a relative of the fox), a raccoon, three iguanas, two monitor lizards and two white pythons in baskets of plastic, hidden amongst meals.

“The authorities arrested a person who was making an attempt to smuggle animals into India,” mentioned the pinnacle of the division, Prasert Sonsatapornkul.

Abilash Annaduri, 21, was touring from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chennai in japanese India. He was arrested by the police on fees of wildlife trafficking.

Authorities estimated the market worth of the animals, a few of which don’t reside within the wild in Thailand, at about $2,700.

“We did not discover any microchips on these animals, so we do not know the place they got here from,” mentioned Prasert Sonsatapornkul, who mentioned he has seen a rise in circumstances of trafficking to India.

The recovered animals had been despatched to veterinarians for examination.

In late June, two Indian girls had been arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport whereas making an attempt to journey to Chennai with greater than 100 reside animals of their baggage, together with 35 turtles and 50 chameleons.

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