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27 Animals That Are Illegally Trafficked Around The World

World | Reuters | November 23, 2017, 10:30 am
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 A baby orangutan lies in a plastic crate after it was seized from a wildlife trafficking syndicate, at Pekanbaru police office in Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A baby orangutan lies in a plastic crate after it was seized from a wildlife trafficking syndicate, at Pekanbaru police office in Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A worker holds a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) after unloading it from a truck in Denpasar, Bali. (Image: Reuters)

A worker holds a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) after unloading it from a truck in Denpasar, Bali. (Image: Reuters)

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 A wildlife department official holds a Malayan sun bear in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was among other animals estimated to be worth $20,000, including juvenile eagles and a slow loris, seized by the wildlife department during an operation against illegal wildlife traders. (Image: Reuters)

A wildlife department official holds a Malayan sun bear in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was among other animals estimated to be worth $20,000, including juvenile eagles and a slow loris, seized by the wildlife department during an operation against illegal wildlife traders. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Slow loris, seized during an operation against illegal wildlife traders, is carried in a cage by a wildlife department official in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: Reuters)

A Slow loris, seized during an operation against illegal wildlife traders, is carried in a cage by a wildlife department official in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A policeman holds a water bottle with a yellow-crested cockatoo put inside for illegal trade, at the customs office of Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A policeman holds a water bottle with a yellow-crested cockatoo put inside for illegal trade, at the customs office of Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Cambodian police officers hold a python before handing it to members of the NGO WildAid, after it was recovered from smugglers, in Kandal, Cambodia. (Image: Reuters)

Cambodian police officers hold a python before handing it to members of the NGO WildAid, after it was recovered from smugglers, in Kandal, Cambodia. (Image: Reuters)

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 An officer holds a baby crocodile at BKSDA (Natural Resources Conservation Board) office in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

An officer holds a baby crocodile at BKSDA (Natural Resources Conservation Board) office in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Rescued baby iguanas are pictured in a cardboard box, in an office of the Ministry of Environment in San Jose. (Image: Reuters)

Rescued baby iguanas are pictured in a cardboard box, in an office of the Ministry of Environment in San Jose. (Image: Reuters)

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 Long-tailed macaque babies are seen inside a basket as police seized a truck smuggling them from Vietnam to China, in Changsha. (Image: Reuters)

Long-tailed macaque babies are seen inside a basket as police seized a truck smuggling them from Vietnam to China, in Changsha. (Image: Reuters)

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 A newborn baby pangolin climbs the walls of a cage in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai custom office showed 175 pangolins which they found hidden in a truck heading into Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

A newborn baby pangolin climbs the walls of a cage in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai custom office showed 175 pangolins which they found hidden in a truck heading into Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Coati, which had been rescued from a home along with two others of its kind, sits inside its enclosure at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico City. (Image: Reuters)

A Coati, which had been rescued from a home along with two others of its kind, sits inside its enclosure at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico City. (Image: Reuters)

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 Spider monkeys, that had been found on a bus inside a bag with three dead monkeys, rest in a hammock at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico City. (Image: Reuters)

Spider monkeys, that had been found on a bus inside a bag with three dead monkeys, rest in a hammock at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico City. (Image: Reuters)

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 African grey parrots rescued from an illegal trader by Ugandan officials in Entebbe, Uganda. (Image: Reuters)

African grey parrots rescued from an illegal trader by Ugandan officials in Entebbe, Uganda. (Image: Reuters)

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 A king cobra snake is seen coming out of wafers container. A Los Angeles man was arrested after federal prosecutors said he arranged to smuggle into the United States three live, highly venomous king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip canisters. (Image: Reuters)

A king cobra snake is seen coming out of wafers container. A Los Angeles man was arrested after federal prosecutors said he arranged to smuggle into the United States three live, highly venomous king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip canisters. (Image: Reuters)

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 A turtle is seen as Cambodian police officers hand over wild animals to members of the WildAid NGO, after they were recovered from smugglers in Kandal province, outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Image: Reuters)

A turtle is seen as Cambodian police officers hand over wild animals to members of the WildAid NGO, after they were recovered from smugglers in Kandal province, outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A zoo-keeper gives peanut to an orangutan inside a cage shortly after it arrived from Thailand at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta. Fourteen orangutans smuggled into Thailand illegally were sent back to Indonesia, but the operation was not without incident -- one of the powerful apes tore a wildlife officer's finger off when he tried to put them in cages. (Image: Reuters)

A zoo-keeper gives peanut to an orangutan inside a cage shortly after it arrived from Thailand at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta. Fourteen orangutans smuggled into Thailand illegally were sent back to Indonesia, but the operation was not without incident -- one of the powerful apes tore a wildlife officer's finger off when he tried to put them in cages. (Image: Reuters)

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 A woman was caught smuggling 51 live tropical fish hidden in a specially designed apron under her skirt while travelling on a flight from Singapore to Melbourne, Australia. Customs officers became suspicious after hearing

A woman was caught smuggling 51 live tropical fish hidden in a specially designed apron under her skirt while travelling on a flight from Singapore to Melbourne, Australia. Customs officers became suspicious after hearing "flipping" noises coming from the vicinity of her waist, and an examination revealed 15 plastic water-filled bags holding concealed fish. (Image: Reuters)

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 A plastic bag containing thousands of confiscated elvers (young eels) are shown to media at a cargo terminal in Ninoy Aquino International airport in Manila, Philippines. (Image: Reuters)

A plastic bag containing thousands of confiscated elvers (young eels) are shown to media at a cargo terminal in Ninoy Aquino International airport in Manila, Philippines. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Pakistan custom official releases a falcon seized during a raid in Karachi, Pakistan. (Image: Reuters)

A Pakistan custom official releases a falcon seized during a raid in Karachi, Pakistan. (Image: Reuters)

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 A black rattlesnake, which had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, is seen inside a plastic cylinder at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico City. (Image: Reuters)

A black rattlesnake, which had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, is seen inside a plastic cylinder at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico City. (Image: Reuters)

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 Falcons are seen at the offices of Sindh Wildlife Police after they were seized in Karachi, Pakistan. 22 worth one million rupees ($9,600) each were seized by the Rangers paramilitary force after they were discovered during a raid at a toll booth, they were being smuggled from Peshawar to Karachi. (Image: Reuters)

Falcons are seen at the offices of Sindh Wildlife Police after they were seized in Karachi, Pakistan. 22 worth one million rupees ($9,600) each were seized by the Rangers paramilitary force after they were discovered during a raid at a toll booth, they were being smuggled from Peshawar to Karachi. (Image: Reuters)

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 A serpent eagle sits inside its cage after being seized from illegal traders in the Philippines. Police seized 69 mynah, 17 assorted turtles and a serpent eagle from illegal traders, according to the authorities. (Image: Reuters)

A serpent eagle sits inside its cage after being seized from illegal traders in the Philippines. Police seized 69 mynah, 17 assorted turtles and a serpent eagle from illegal traders, according to the authorities. (Image: Reuters)

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 Tarantulas, shipped by a German national into the United States by mail and confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Image: Reuters)

Tarantulas, shipped by a German national into the United States by mail and confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Image: Reuters)

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 Terrapins are seen during a news conference in San Salvador, El Salvador. More than 90 turtles, monkeys and parrots were found in plastic bags inside a dumpster, ready to be smuggled into Salvadorean territory. (Image: Reuters)

Terrapins are seen during a news conference in San Salvador, El Salvador. More than 90 turtles, monkeys and parrots were found in plastic bags inside a dumpster, ready to be smuggled into Salvadorean territory. (Image: Reuters)

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 A veterinarian holds a Mexican tarantula, which had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

A veterinarian holds a Mexican tarantula, which had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Mexican coyote, that had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, is seen at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

A Mexican coyote, that had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, is seen at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center in Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

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 Black freshwater turtles are pictured after they were seized in a raid, at Sindh Wildlife Department in Karachi, Pakistan. (Image: Reuters)

Black freshwater turtles are pictured after they were seized in a raid, at Sindh Wildlife Department in Karachi, Pakistan. (Image: Reuters)