United Arab Emirates Citizen Arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport For Attempted Animals Smuggling (Photos)

By on May 14, 2011 in Asia, Weird Comments

Bangkok, Thailand : Different international news reported that a 36-year-old, United Arab Emirates (UAE) citizen, was detained in Suvarnabhumi, Thailand airport on Thursday night, May 12,2011, for trying to smuggle live rare animals out of Thailand.

Steven Galster, director of FREELAND, who was present during the bust, said that there were two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys, all about the size of puppies. Animals were sedated and placed in a suitcase and others were placed inside canisters with air holes.

The animals were headed to Dubai.

The man, who tried to smuggle the animals, was waiting to check-in in his flight as first class passenger, when anti-trafficking officers, who have been monitoring all his moves since his black market purchase of the rare and endangered animals, apprehended him.

Officials said that the animals were about 2-3 months old and were estimated to have a total worth around 420,000 baht ($14,000).



 

Image Credit : Reuters

A three-month old white-cheeked gibbon looks from inside a cage.

A two-month-old leopard cub looks from inside a cage

Image Credit : Reuters

A two-month-old leopard cub looks from inside a cage

A two-month-old leopard cub looks from inside a cage after Thai police arrested a citizen of the United Arab Emirates at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok May 13, 2011. Thai police arrested a UAE citizen just after midnight today as he was preparing to fly first class from Bangkok to Dubai with various rare and endangered animals in his suitcases, which included four leopards, one Malayan sun bear, one white-cheeked gibbon, one black-tufted marmoset, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys.

Image Credit : Reuters

A two-month-old leopard cub looks from inside a cage.



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