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 Post subject: Thai Airport Smuggler Busted with Baby Leopards, Panthers
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 3:53 pm 
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Thai Airport Smuggler Busted with Baby Leopards, Panthers

A man was arrested Friday at the Bangkok international airport with suitcases full of baby leopards, panthers, monkeys and a bear.

The man was waiting to check in at Suvarnabhumi International Airport for a flight to Dubai when he was apprehended by undercover anti-trafficking officers. Officers had been monitoring him since he made the black market purchase of the animals.

The 36-year-old has not been identified, only that he was a citizen of the United Arab Emirates.

Inside his luggage were two leopards, two panthers, two macaque monkeys and an Asiatic black bear.

The animals, all about the size of puppies, had been drugged and placed in flat cages or canisters with air holes.

"It was a very sophisticated smuggling operation. We've never seen one like this before," Steven Galster, director of anti-trafficking group FREELAND Foundation, told the Associated Press. "The guy had a virtual zoo in his suitcases."

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 Post subject: Re: Thai Airport Smuggler Busted with Baby Leopards, Panther
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 6:14 pm 
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If people would use all that brain power to do good things rather than evil ones, wouldn't this be a great step forward?

Sure glad this guy was caught. Wonder how many other people are involved in this...

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