Man gets 6 week prison for smuggling 105 reptiles into Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AFP) - Scores of endangered reptiles including turtles and a python that were smuggled into Hong Kong will be returned to their native Philippines on Wednesday, officials said.
A 22-year-old man is serving a six-week prison sentence for smuggling the 105 reptiles into the city packed in plastic containers inside his checked-in luggage on June 14, the officials said.
The 39 Philippine pond turtles, 46 South-east Asian box turtles, 19 Mindanao water monitor lizards and one reticulated python required specialist care before they could be shipped home.
"It was difficult for them to breathe," Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden head of fauna conservation Gary Ades said.