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Over 8,000 pig-nosed turtles destined for China, Singapore rescued in Indonesia

Published on Jan 10, 2014 1:27 PM
 
An official holds baby pig-nosed turtles in Tangerang, Banten province, on Jan 9, 2014. Indonesian officials said on Friday that they have rescued more than 8,000 baby pig-nosed turtles hidden in suitcases and thought to be destined for China and Singapore. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian officials said on Friday they have rescued more than 8,000 baby pig-nosed turtles hidden in suitcases and thought to be destined for China and Singapore.

A total of 2,968 were discovered in four suitcases at the airport serving the capital Jakarta after arriving from the remote eastern Papua region, said Zaenal Abidi, quarantine official.

"The suitcases were full of plastic boxes holding 15 to 20 turtles each. Sadly, 14 of them were dead on arrival," he said.

Airport officials were asked on Thursday to be on the look-out for pig-nosed turtles - classified as vulnerable - after 5,400 of the creatures were discovered in seven suitcases in Papua, he said.

 
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