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Shipment of pangolins seized at Bangkok airport.

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A haul of 245 pangolins, an endangered variety of ant-eating animal, was seized on Monday (26 June) by officials at Bangkok International Airport in Thailand.

The pangolins, which were being transported from Malaysia to Laos, were reportedly discovered as part of a joint operation between police, airport and customs officers.

According to The Associated Press, a Malayan snail-eating turtle and 64 black marsh turtles were also discovered in the shipment, which had been labelled as containing a type of turtle not listed as endangered.

Pangolins are reportedly seen as a delicacy that contains both nutritional and medicinal qualities and can be sold for as much as THB1,800 to THB3,000 per kilogram along the Thai-Laos border, said WildAid, a non-profit group working to put an end to the illegal trade in wildlife.

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