Croatian customs save 715 turtles

2016-11-24 20:40
La Lora (Lepidochelys kempi) turtles hatchlings head to the sea after being released at a closed beach in Punta Chame, 110 km from Panama City. (Rodrigo Arangua, AFP)

La Lora (Lepidochelys kempi) turtles hatchlings head to the sea after being released at a closed beach in Punta Chame, 110 km from Panama City. (Rodrigo Arangua, AFP)

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Zagreb - Croatian customs authorities say they have prevented the smuggling of 715 live turtles, a protected species in the European Union's newest member state.

Authorities say the discovery was made on Thursday in the Zupanja area, near the border with Bosnia. They say it is the biggest single seizure of live animals in Croatia.

No other details were available.

Smuggling of rare or protected animals has flourished in the impoverished Balkans in the aftermath of the wars in the 1990s.

Read more on:    croatia  |  reptiles  |  conservation

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