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Baby leopards, bears in bags at airport

2011-05-13 13:06

Bangkok - Authorities at Bangkok's international airport have arrested a first-class passenger whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were bound for Dubai.

The man arrested was a 36-year-old United Arab Emirates citizen.

Anti-trafficking group Freeland says the man was apprehended early on Friday by undercover officers at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport as he waited to check in for his flight.

Authorities opened his suitcases and found two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys.

Thailand is a hub for illegal wildlife trafficking, but authorities finding so many live mammals is unusual. Typical hauls are of rare tortoises, snakes and lizards.

Comments
  • Leigh Robinson - 2011-05-13 13:55

    What kind of luggage did he have? That's crazy...

  • StJohn - 2011-05-13 13:56

    for f****** sake! What is wrong with people???

  • Phumzile - 2011-05-13 14:25

    mad and sick at the sametime

  • Spritzer - 2011-05-13 14:36

    How big was his suitcase?????? Shocking!

  • KaB - 2011-05-13 14:40

    *blood boiling! Question is: where does he get these animals from?!? These wildlife trafficking rings are so vast and have so many 'connections' in governments and zoos that it must be absolutely frightening to uncover!!!

  • Mark - 2011-05-13 14:42

    How can you treat animals like that?? You make me sick!

  • FFS - 2011-05-13 14:43

    Asians, more than any other people, have very little respect for nature and the environment.

      sudika.harkhu - 2013-03-02 06:25

      UAE is part of Asia? Since when?

  • Loud n Clear - 2011-05-13 14:43

    Surprised they were'nt brought into SA - anything goes here, and they'll get away with it.

  • Lorraine lolliez - 2011-05-13 15:01

    We have sick people in this world, how big was this suitcase to fit in 7 animals, tjo

  • majordad.007 - 2011-05-13 21:08

    Don't waste money. Just fry his nuts. Non proliferation support...

  • Dan - 2011-05-14 01:33

    Be glad this asholle did not pack a baby elephant or a rhino

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