Red panda found in baggage of smuggling suspects at Thai airport

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Thai customs officials rescued a reddish panda, snakes, monkeys and chameleons from checked-in luggage astatine nan country’s main airdrome this week aft arresting six Indian nationals for attempted smuggling.

A full of 87 reptiles and mammals were recovered successful nan baggage, including chameleons, snakes, a large-beaked parrot, red-eyed squirrels, bats and monkeys.

Some animals were wrapped successful paper, others successful integrative containers, photos from customs astatine Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport showed.

The six, bound for Mumbai, were arrested connected Monday, authorities said successful a statement.

Thailand, which borders 4 countries, has seen its adjacent stock of forbidden wildlife trafficking and customs officials astatine Suvarnabhumi often prehend reptiles and mini animals successful luggage.

Thai customs prehend reddish panda, snakes successful checked-in baggageA Sulawesi carnivore cuscus successful a handbasket was besides seized by Thai officials.Thailand Customs / AFP - Getty Images
Thai customs prehend reddish panda, snakes successful checked-in baggage
A parrot discovered wrong a integrative instrumentality pinch aerial holes drilled done nan top.Thailand Customs / AFP - Getty Images

There is precocious request for animal products successful countries including China, Myanmar and Thailand, wherever they are utilized successful accepted medicine aliases consumed directly.

A mini tree-dwelling mammal autochthonal to nan Himalayas, nan reddish panda is not intimately related to nan better-known elephantine panda.

The International Union for nan Conservation of Nature says nan reddish panda faces a very precocious consequence of extinction owed to residence loss.

The Associated Press