14 May '11, 5am

Rare Wild Baby Animals Are Found Drugged in 1st Class Passenger's Suitcases:

Rare Wild Baby Animals Are Found Drugged in 1st Class Passenger's Suitcases:

The luggage of a first-class passenger on a Bangkok-to-Dubai flight contained something other than shirts and socks: Authorities at Suvarnabhumi International Airport found baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys in the suitcases of a United Arab Emirates citizen. Undercover anti-trafficking officers had been tracing the man since he purchased the rare and endangered animals on the black market, according to the Thailand-based FREELAND Foundation whose mission is to make the "world free of human slavery and wildlife trafficking." All of the animals had been drugged, says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer : When authorities opened the suitcases, the animals yawned, said Steven Galster, director of FREELAND, who was present during the bust. There were two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys — all about the size of puppies. "It looked like t...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/rare-baby...

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