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Japanese arrested in India for smuggling reptiles

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 00:54

Indian authorities arrest of two Japanese men for attempting to smuggle reptiles and insects out of the country. Yiming Woo reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Back into the wild -- Japanese men arrested by Indian police release the snakes they caught. Authorities in Kerala say the pair was trying to smuggle exotic reptiles and insects out of the country. Airport staff found them in their bags during a security scan. (SOUNDBITE) (Malayalam) FOREST RANGER OFFICER, NORBERT DELEP, SAYING: "One of the bags that we recovered from them had 'Amazon Tree Boa' written on it. This means the pair had previously smuggled a snake from the Amazon. It seems that they have been operating in areas outside India, including the Amazon, in areas other than the Western Ghats." Investigators say the pair were pretending to be wildlife researchers who were not aware of India's laws. One of the animals discovered is a Travancore tortoise, an endangered species.

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Japanese arrested in India for smuggling reptiles

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 00:54