23 Feb '12, 4am

Malacca: 60 rare pangolins rescued in mid-sea op:

Malacca: 60 rare pangolins rescued in mid-sea op:

The Star/Asia News Network Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 MALACCA - More than 60 pangolins from across the Straits of Malacca were saved from ending up in restaurants here. Enforcement officers from the State Customs Department managed to thwart the attempt to smuggle the 67 pangolins into the country in a mid-sea operation close to the shores of Pulau Besar here. Two Indonesian men, aged 33 and 34, were detained and their speedboat seized during the operation at 11.30pm on Tuesday. The animals were handed over to the State National Park and Wildlife Department (Perhi-litian). Malacca's Perhilitan director Abdul Rahim Othman said the two men were transporting the animals from Bengkalis in Indonesia. "We believe a local wildlife trader was going to buy the pangolins before distributing them to restaurants here and other parts of the country," he said, adding that the boat was headi...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story...

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