Smuggled animals

From a king cobra in a chip container to cockatoos in water bottles and fish under a dress, some of the exotic animals that are illegally trafficked around the world. (Reuters)

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Smuggled animals

A king cobra snake seen coming out of container of chips in this udated handout photo obtained July 25, 2017. (Photo: United States Attorney’s Office Central District of California/Reuters)

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An officer holds a baby saltwater crocodile at BKSDA (Natural Resources Conservation Board) office in Yogyakarta August 10, 2011. The reptile is one of eight baby saltwater crocodiles which survived during a move to Gembiraloka Zoo in Yogyakarta, after officers confiscated 27 of the species about three weeks ago as they were being smuggled from Central Kalimantan province to Central Java for trade. (Photo: Dwi Oblo/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, East Java province, Indonesia, May 4, 2015 in this picture taken by Antara Foto. Police arrested one man traveling by ship from Makassar, Sulawesi with 22 of the endangered cockatoos held inside water bottles. (Photo: Antara Foto/Risyal Hidayat/Reuters)

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A newborn baby pangolin climbs the walls of a cage during a news conference at Thai customs in Bangkok April 20, 2011. The Thai custom office showed 175 pangolins they found hidden in a truck heading into Bangkok early this morning. Pangolins, or Manis Javanica, listed as endangered species in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), are found in Southeast Asia. Some people believe that its meat and blood can enhance sexual virility. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/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 on the outskirts of Mexico City May 20, 2011. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

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A worker holds a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) after unloading it from a truck in Denpasar, capital city of the province of Bali, May 19, 2010. Police said on Tuesday they foiled an attempt to smuggle 71 green turtles for food. The turtles, caught in the waters off Sulawesi Island, have an average weight of 100 kilograms (220 pounds). (Photo: Murdani Usman/Reuters)

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A couple of 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 on the outskirts of Mexico City May 20, 2011. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

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A Mexican Coyote, that had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, is seen through the bars of an enclosure at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center on the outskirts of Mexico City May 20, 2011. According to Mexico’s Federal Wildlife Conservation Department, at least 2,500 different animals are rescued annually in the country, 70 percent from illegal animal trafficking within and outside the country and 30 percent from domestic captivity. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/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 on the outskirts of Mexico City May 20, 2011. According to Mexico’s Federal Wildlife Conservation Department, at least 2,500 different animals are rescued annually in the country, 70 percent from illegal animal trafficking within and outside the country and 30 percent from domestic captivity. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/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 on the outskirts of Mexico City May 20, 2011. According to Mexico’s Federal Wildlife Conservation Department, at least 2,500 different animals are rescued annually in the country, 70 percent from illegal animal trafficking within and outside the country and 30 percent from domestic captivity. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

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A serpent eagle sits inside its cage at Manila’s police district August 18, 2011. Police seized 69 mynah, 17 assorted turtles and a serpent eagle from illegal traders and turned them over to the Manila zoo, according to authorities. (Photo: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters)

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A Pakistan Customs official releases a falcon in the Kirthar National Park, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Karachi January 24, 2013. Tari Mahmood, Senior Preventive Officer of Pakistan Preventive Customs, said that the customs and the Sindh Wildlife department have released six falcons that were seized during a raid in Karachi two months earlier. (Photo: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

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Terrapins are seen during a news conference in San Salvador October 29, 2014. Authorities of the Ministry of Enviroment of El Salvador rescued about 100 endangered animals abandoned in a dumpster near the border with Honduras on Wednesday morning, local media reported. More than 90 turtles, monkeys and parrots were found in plastic bags ready to be smuggled into Salvadorean territory. (Photo: Jose Cabezas/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, Hunan province January 8, 2015. Police arrested 11 people on Thursday trying to smuggle at least 100 long-tailed macaques, which is a second grade protected species in China, local media reported. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

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A slow loris is carried in a cage by a wildlife department official at the head office in Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2015. It was among other animals estimated to be worth $20,000, including juvenile eagles and a Malayan sun bear cub, seized by the wildlife department during an operation against illegal wildlife traders earlier this month. The illegal global wildlife trade is estimated to be $8 billion a year worldwide, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network. (Photo: Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A wildlife department official holds a Malayan sun bear for the media at its head office in Kuala Lumpur, March 24, 2015. 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 earlier this month. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be $8 billion a year worldwide, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network. (Photo: Olivia Harris/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 July 8, 2012. Airport authorities confiscated some two million elvers, weighing around 949 kg and amounting to 22,000 pesos ($524) per kilo. The elvers were supposed to be shipped to Hong Kong, local media reported. According to Philippine law fingerlings are not to be exported unless for scientific or education purposes. (Photo: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters)

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A woman on a flight from Singapore to Melbourne shows the 51 live tropical fish hidden in a specially designed apron under her skirt in this handout photograph from the Australian Customs Service on June 3, 2005. 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. (Photo: Handout/Australian Customs Service/Reuters)

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A keeper gives peanut to an orangutan inside a cage shortly after it arrived from Thailand at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, November 12, 2015. Fourteen orangutans smuggled into Thailand illegally were sent back to Indonesia on Thursday, 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. (Photo: Beawiharta/Reuters)

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Falcons are seen at the offices of Sindh Wildlife Police after they were seized in Karachi, Pakistan October 13, 2015. Twenty-two falcons worth one million rupees ($9,600) each were seized by the Rangers paramilitary force after they were discovered during a snap inspection along a toll booth, as they were being smuggled from Peshawar to Karachi. The birds were later handed over to Sindh Wildlife Department, reported local media. (Photo: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

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A baby orangutan lies in a plastic crate, after it was seized from a wildlife trafficking syndicate, at a police office in Pekanbaru, Riau province, in this November 9, 2015 picture taken by Antara Foto. According to local media, police investigators arrested individuals from a wildlife trafficking syndicate who were attempting to smuggle out three orangutan babies, ranging between 6 to 12 months of age, from their forest in Aceh with the intention of selling them to buyers in Pekanbaru for the price of Rp25 million per orangutan. (Photo: FB Anggoro/Antara Foto/Reuters)

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A turtle is seen as Cambodian police officers handle over wild animals to members of the WildAid NGO, after they were recovered from smugglers in Kandal province, outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia March 29, 2016. (Photo: Samrang Pring/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 province, outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia March 29, 2016. (Photo: Samrang Pring/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, May 25, 2015. Officers from the national police force of Costa Rica rescued 81 iguanas that had been confined to a box at a hotel in San Jose. It is presumed that the captive iguanas were the subject of an exotic pet smuggling, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Public Security. The Ministry of the Environment rehabilitated the iguanas to a natural habitat today. (Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)

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African grey parrots rescued from an illegal trader by Ugandan officials at the Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo border crossing are seen at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe, southwest of the capital Kampala January 12, 2011. Illegal trade in the parrots, which are valued between $300 and $700, has increased in recent years, according a spokeswoman for centre. (Photo: James Akena/Reuters)

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Black spotted freshwater turtles are pictured after they were seized in a raid, at Sindh Wildlife Department in Karachi, Pakistan, April 28, 2016. (Photo: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

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Tarantula’s confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are shown in this December 3, 2010 handout photo released to Reuters January 18, 2011. A German national who shipped the tarantulas into the United States through the mail pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal smuggling charge, prosecutors said. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Handout/Reuters)

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