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9 Crazy Attempts To Smuggle Live Animals

1. Baby Tiger

Baby Tiger

In this Aug. 22, 2010 photo released by Suvarnabhumi Airport Wildlife Checkpoint of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, a baby tiger cub is found among stuffed toy tigers in the suitcase of a woman flying from Bangkok to Iran, at Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand. Authorities at Bangkok’s international airport found the baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in the suitcase.

Image by AP / AP

2. Pig Nosed Turtles

Pig Nosed Turtles

On April 1, 2013, authorities seized the illegal shipment of live 687 pig nosed turtles at the airport in Jakarta that originated from Papua province, a known habitat of the rare fresh water turtles.

Image by AFP / Getty Images

The pig nosed turtles were less than a month old and were sent in a box, but it is unknown where the turtles were supposed to end up. The pig-nosed turtles are listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which imposes international trade restrictions to protect the species from over-exploitation.

Image by AFP / Getty Images

3. Falcons

Falcons

A Pakistani custom official prepares to release falcons at a bird sanctuary on the outskirts of Karachi on January 24, 2013. Pakistan authorities intercepted six falcons that were being smuggled to the gulf.

Image by RIZWAN TABASSUM / Getty Images

Pakistani wildlife officials release a falcon in a bird sanctuary on the outskirts of Karachi.

Image by RIZWAN TABASSUM / Getty Images

4. Baby Saltwater Crocodiles

Baby Saltwater Crocodiles

In July 2011, officers confiscated 27 baby saltwater crocodiles being smuggled from Central Kalimantan province to Central Java for trade.

Image by DWI OBLO / Reuters

Eight baby saltwater crocodiles survived the move to Gembiraloka Zoo in Yogyakarta.

Image by DWI OBLO / Reuters

5. Pythons

Pythons

An officer shows a python at the Hall Fish Quarantine office in Medan, Indonesia’s north Sumatra province, August 10, 2011.

Image by STRINGER/INDONESIA / Reuters

The snake was part of a cargo of 21 pythons which were successfully secured at Medan’s Polonia airport before they were smuggled to Jakarta for trade.

Image by STRINGER/INDONESIA / Reuters

6. Lion Cubs

Lion Cubs

One of the two orphan lion cubs that where taken in by Bancroft camp in Mogadishu Somalia, Saturday, March 26, 2011. Their mother was shot and they were driven through a raging civil war, destined to be pets in the Middle East until Somali authorities intervened to save two lion cubs smuggled aboard a ship in the chaotic country’s port.

Image by Edward Parsons / AP

The two tiny cubs, a brother and sister, are believed to be rare Berbera lions because of their spotted coats.

Image by Edward Parsons / AP

7. Tortoises

Tortoises

Tortoises are pictured at the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on April 17, 2012.

Image by STRDEL / Getty Images

Bangladesh customs authorities seized more than 400 tortoises at the country’s main airport as the reptiles were being smuggled from India to Thailand, an official said.

Image by STRDEL / Getty Images

8. Lizards

Lizards

Five sailfin lizards were smuggled into Hong Kong along with 18 Philippine pond turtles and 13 Asian box turtles by a certain Chinese national named Zhang Wenwei on Feb. 8, 2012 and seized by Hong Kong customs officials.

Image by Bullit Marquez / AP

9. Rare Monkeys, Bears, and Leopards

Rare Monkeys, Bears, and Leopards

A three-month old white-cheeked gibbon looks from inside a cage after Thai police arrested a citizen of the United Arab Emirates at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok May 13, 2011. Thai police arrested a UAE citizen as he was preparing to fly first class from Bangkok to Dubai with various rare and endangered animals in his suitcases, which included one white-cheeked gibbon, one black-tufted marmoset, two macaque monkeys, four leopards, one Malayan sun bear, and an Asiatic black bear.

Image by DAMIR SAGOLJ / Reuters

A black-tufted marmoset looks from inside a cage.

Image by DAMIR SAGOLJ / Reuters

A Malayan sun bear looks from inside a cage after.

Image by DAMIR SAGOLJ / Reuters

Four two-month-old leopard cubs look from inside a cage after Thai police arrested a citizen of the United Arab Emirates at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok.

Image by DAMIR SAGOLJ / Reuters
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