World Turtle News, 03/06/2019
1,529 exotic turtles and tortoises found at Philippines airport duct taped
Over 1,500 exotic turtles and tortoises that were being smuggled into the Philippines’ main airport were intercepted by authorities on Sunday, Philippine customs said.
The 1,529 animals, all of which were found to be alive after four abandoned suitcases containing the animals were discovered, were believed to be worth around $86,000 (4.5 million pesos), the Bureau of Customs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila said in a statement.
A passenger, who the authorities said was a Filipino national, abandoned the animals in four items of luggage in the arrivals area before security checks, after arriving at Manila on a flight from Hong Kong.
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