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Thai Authorities Arrest Man in Apparent Animal Smuggling Case


A three-month-old white-cheeked gibbon looks from inside a cage after Thai police arrested a citizen of the United Arab Emirates at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, May 13, 2011.

A three-month-old white-cheeked gibbon looks from inside a cage after Thai police arrested a citizen of the United Arab Emirates at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, May 13, 2011.


A man was arrested at Thailand's international airport Friday after he was caught trying to smuggle wild animals out of the country.

The man, identified as a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was trying to board a flight to Dubai when investigators found a baby bear, two leopards, two panthers and at least two monkeys stuffed in his luggage.

The anti-trafficking group FREELAND, whose members were present during the arrest, says the man is believed to be part of a far-reaching animal trafficking network.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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