Red panda seized from smugglers at Thailand airport

Red panda seized from smugglers at Thailand airport
A red panda is seen inside luggage at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand, March 7, 2024, credit: Thai Customs Department/Handout via Reuters

Officials in Thailand rescued a red panda, monkeys, parrots, bats, snakes, squirrels and chameleons from baggage at the main airport this week. Six people who were on their way to India were arrested for smuggling.

A total of 87 mammals and reptiles and mammals were found in the luggage. Some animals were stuffed in plastic containers, others wrapped in paper, photos from customs at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok showed.

The six people, who were on their way to Mumbai, were arrested on Monday, authorities said in a statement.

Thailand, which borders four countries, has seen a lot of illegal wildlife trafficking and customs officials at Suvarnabhumi often find reptiles and animals in luggage.

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