Nabbed for trying smuggle 50 Chameleons, 35 turtles

Nabbed for trying smuggle 50 Chameleons, 35 turtles

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With hundreds of live animals in their baggage, including 50 chameleons and 35 turtles, two women were arrested trying to board a flight.

When an X-ray of their luggage revealed more than 100 critters stuffed inside, Nithya Raja, 38, and Zakia Sulthana, 24, were jailed. Authorities estimated that the animals would have been worth 200 000 THB (around £4 700) if they had been sold on.

The two alleged Indian wildlife traffickers were en route to Chennai, according to reports.

When they were detained, they were taking off from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

“This kind of event has happened many times because the animals have hefty price tags in India,” said Sathon Konggoen, head of the wildlife inspection office at the airport.

“This kind of event has happened many times because the animals have hefty price tags in India,” said Sathon Konggoen, head of the wildlife inspection office at the airport.

“Animal trafficking is typically seen near the Thai-Myanmar border and to some extent at domestic airports.” Officers found two bags packed with 50 chameleons, 35 turtles, 20 snakes, two porcupines, and two armadillos.

According to authorities, two iguanas were discovered dead, while the remaining reptiles displayed signs of dehydration. The animals are currently being treated and will be relocated to breeding or wildlife centers.

The women were accused of breaking the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2019, the Customs Act of 2017, and the Animal Disease Act of 2015.

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