Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rare animals saved

Malaysian officials rescue 130 pangolins, prized for their meat, from smugglers.

Malaysian wildlife authorities said they have rescued 130 pangolins and arrested two men attempting to smuggle the protected species, destined to be sold to restaurants and medicine shops. The 130 pangolins seized were worth 40,000 ringgit (11,500 dollars).

Pangolins are indigenous to the jungles of Indonesia, parts of Malaysia and areas of southern Thailand. The animal's meat is considered a delicacy in China, but it is classified as a protected species under the UN's Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.


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