KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysian wildlife authorities have seized hundreds of cobras and turtles being smuggled out of the country in a shipment of papayas, headed for cooking pots in the region, an official said on Saturday.
Mr Jamalun Nasir Ibrahim, head of the wildlife and national parks department on Penang island told AFP authorities raided a container being driven into the state’s air cargo complex early on Thursday after hearing ‘hissing noises’.
‘The 4am raid at the cargo complex netted some 555 cobras and 171 turtles and according to the manifest, these animals, which were hidden among papayas from northern Kedah state, were being shipped to Hong Kong,’ he said.
‘If they had succeeded, the snakes and turtles would likely have gone to dining tables across the region,’ Jamalun added.
Source: The Straits Times