Thais Bust Man With Rare Animals at Airport

Posted Feb 11th 2011 10:00 AMUpdated Feb 14th 2011 01:47 PM

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An Indonesian man was arrested at the airport in Bangkok, Thailand for trying to smuggle so many rare animals it sounds like he had a small zoo stuffed in his luggage.

Authorities found dozens of snakes, spiders, squirrels and tortoises among hundreds of live creatures in the man's three black suitcases. There was even a live parrot.

The 34-year-old would-be smuggler was at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, leaving Thailand, when he was stopped after regular luggage scanning showed images of animals, according to international wildlife monitoring group Traffic.

The unidentified man had earlier gone on what the group calls in a statement "a wildlife shopping spree."

The suspect, from Surabaya in Indonesia, admitted he made the purchases at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, a major hub for rare species trade, the group says. The man was detained by police and faces a number of charges.

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"One really has to question how Chatuchak Market, which is located just down the street from both Wildlife Protection and Nature Crime Police Offices, can continue these illegal mass sales," says Traffic regional director William Schaedla. "The situation is totally unacceptable in a country that claims to be effectively addressing illegal wildlife trade."

Included in the man's haul was a Ploughshare Tortoise, which Traffic says is the worlds' rarest tortoise.

There were also 88 Indian Star Tortoises, 33 Elongated Tortoises, seven Radiated Tortoises, six Mata Mata Turtles, four Southeast Asian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle, three Aldabra Tortoises and one Pig-nosed Turtle.

Traffic says alongside these, the man packed 34 Ball Pythons, two Boa Constrictors, several Milk Snakes, Corn Snakes and King Snakes and a Hog-nosed Snake, as well as 19 Bearded Dragons, four Spiny-tailed Lizards, two Sunda Plated Lizards, six Argentine Horned Frogs.

The man had also managed to stuff into his luggage 18 Baboon Spiders, each in its own plastic container, 22 Common Squirrels and one African Grey Parrot.

In a smuggling incident at the same airport in August, a drugged baby tiger cub was found hidden among stuffed animals in a suitcase.



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SJ Bobkins

"One really has to question how Chatuchak Market, which is located just down the street from both Wildlife Protection and Nature Crime Police Offices, can continue these illegal mass sales,"

It's called bribery!

February 13 2011 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry W. Bruce

I was hoping "common sense" would make a comeback in 2011 but, I see we may have to wait a bit longer !

February 12 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
l1a1h1

I hope they gave him a full body cavity search. EEEEWWWW!!!!!!!!

February 12 2011 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lisa

hope he dies

February 12 2011 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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leon

Don't worry, he will someday. You plan on going to the funeral? lol

February 12 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ANG

LET ME TELL U SOMETHING ,IN THIS SICK, GREEDY , Fn WORLD ,SOME , I SAY SOME SCUMBAGS, WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY THEY WILL SELL THIER WIVES , SOULS , SO U COULD ONLY IMAGINE ,HOW MANY OF THESE EXOTIC GODS CREATURES ARE SMUGGLED ,SUFFOCATED IN TRANSIT , HOW SAD , BUT THIS ALL COMES FROM STARVING SOCIETY , I FEED MANY MANY DIFFERENT ANIAMLS EVERY SINGLE DAY FROM BIRDS TO CATS , TO RACOONS , U NAME I WOULD FEED IT , IAM NICE FRIENDLY GUY , BUT YOU HURT ANIMALS , I CATCH U , WE GOT SOME PROBLEMS

February 12 2011 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
layrie

This is so disgusting. These animals are close to extintion. In addition, after they arrive, if they are not already dead, many are sold for their bones to make chopsticks at 100k per set, and other freaky things.
It totally saddens me.
I also agree for the stupid advertisers on these message boards, you are such scum... like anyone is going to check it out!!! NO!!!!!!!!

February 12 2011 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bugaloosnana

bpbankrupt-------honey, take a valium or whatever antipsychotic drug you're supposed to be taking. Your rantings are nonsensical and quite frankly, scary.

February 11 2011 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
angelcardedeu@gmail.com

ja ho deia en balmes, els rucs tenen anima

February 11 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cantopthis@gmail.com

I appreciate all of the comments, But my question is HOW DID HE GET THEM IN THE BAG AND KEEP ALL THE ANIMALS THERE WITHOUT HURTING EACH OTHER???????

February 11 2011 at 7:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Albert J. Reine

Home Land Security works in Indosia, not in America with Janet Napoliano !

February 11 2011 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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angelcardedeu@gmail.com

i que en penseu dels senglars de collcerola amb fletxes estil Robin Hood

February 11 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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