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Thai Customs Foil Wildlife Smuggling Attempt By Malaysian

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SONGKLA – Thai Customs detained a Malaysian man after they seized various wild animals including two 60-day-old Orang Utan at the Padang Besar Immigration checkpoint today.

Its Padang Besar acting chief, Athit Wisutisamajan said all the seized animals – including 39 Hamilton tortoises, Indian Star tortoises and six raccoons – worth THB1 million (about RM125,000) were meant to be sold to a syndicate in Hatyai.

“The 63-year-old man confessed to having brought all the wild animals from Kuala Lumpur to be sold to a syndicate in Hatyai,” he said here today.

Athit said the animals were placed in three large suitcases hidden in a Penang-registered car -BERNAMA


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