27 Dec '11, 1am

247 Animals, Some Very Rare, Found in Suitcase | Care2 Causes

247 Animals, Some Very Rare, Found in Suitcase | Care2 Causes

A Czech man was apprehended in Argentina attempting to smuggle a suitcase containing 247 animals, many of them exotic creatures, on board a transatlantic flight on December 7. 51-year-old Karel Abelovsky was attempting to board a flight to Madrid from Buenos Aires when baggage X-ray technicians and airport staff discovered that his suitcase contained 200 reptiles and mollusks including nine species of poisonous snakes (among them, South American pitvipers) and 15 venomous vipers, including two yararas which can be up to five feet long and several young boas. Many of the animals were packed in clear plastic containers. Two were found dead and many more would most likely not have survived the flight due to a lack of oxygen, if the suitcase had been placed in the airplane’s cargo area. Some of these animals are reportedly very rare and, indeed, protected under the Convention ...

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