Rare reptiles recovered in Kandal

Customs officers inspect bags of animals that were confiscated from a man in Kandal Province earlier this week as he was trying to smuggle them across the border to Vietnam. Photo supplied

Mom Kunthear and Charles Parkinson
The Phnom Penh Post, Wed, 21 October 2015

Customs authorities in Kandal province confiscated dozens of snakes and tortoises during a bust at the Vietnamese border on Monday, though the wildlife smuggler managed to escape while the search was being undertaken.

According to Moung Dara, customs chief at the Chrey Thom international checkpoint in Koh Thom district, where the bust took place, the suspect was stopped while riding a motorbike with large baskets attached.

“He kept [the animals] in the baskets under dead rats,” said Dara. “All of them were found to be alive.” (more…)

Posted on: October 21, 2015 8:43 am