You Won’t Believe What these Airport Agents in Malaysia Found

You Won’t Believe What these Airport Agents in Malaysia Found

Malaysian authorities today announced that they seized 330 endangered tortoises from Madagascar when they inspected a suitcase at an airport in Kuala Lumpur. The living reptiles are worth an estimated 1.2 million rinnggit or around $300,000.

The Indian Star tortoises and five Ploughshare tortoises were found in five boxes and labeled as stones. The passenger was flying Etihad Airways from Madagascar when a customs official made the discovery.

Wildlife smuggling has become an increasing lucrative business and a headache for airport officials who have found everything pangolin scales work two million and rhino horns. [ITB]

 

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