13 Mar '18, 10am

Philippines seizes hundreds of smuggled animals

MANILA: Authorities seized on Tuesday (Mar 13) hundreds of exotic pets smuggled into the Philippines, which is a regional hub in the illicit animal trade. The cache of some 300 creatures, which included squirrel-like sugar gliders, wallabies and a threatened species of cockatoo, was one of the nation's largest wildlife busts. The cache of some 300 creatures was one of the nation's largest wildlife busts. (Photo: AFP/Noel Celis) "In terms of live animals, this was likely one of our biggest (captures)," government environment official Rogelio Demelletes told AFP. Four suspects were arrested in the raid that turned up animals native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The haul also included seven red birds of paradise and 26 Moluccan cockatoos, which wildlife monitor IUCN considers to be at high risk of extinction in the wild. Advertisement Advertisement The Philipp...

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