Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Animals seized from smugglers

The deer that were among the protected animals found kept by the smugglers in a secluded jungle spot being prepared for the stew near Lubok Antu.

KUCHING: Months of probing led enforcement officers to a secluded spot in a border forest where they found more than 50 captured protected animals and wildlife specimens.

The officers from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation also stumbled upon the skeletal remains of a small primate, believed to be a baby orang-utan.

A foreigner and a local detained at the spot are being questioned. Initial investigations point to an international smuggling ring carrying out an illicit wildlife trade.

The seized wildlife – found in cages and inside enclosures – included birds and two cervus unicolour deer believed to have been smuggled into Sarawak from Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Among other the wildlife seized in Sunday night’s raid were spotted doves, adjutant storks, white-bellied fish eagles, and two pheasant species, the lophura bulweri and the crested fireback.

Story here.

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