Leopards, panthers, bear, other animals saved from luggage at Thai airport
A baby panther receives veterinary treatment after being rescued from luggage at a Bangkok airport Friday.
May 13th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Leopards, panthers, bear, other animals saved from luggage at Thai airport

Thai police confiscated two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear, one macaque monkey and one marmoset from the luggage of a man as he tried to board a flight from Bangkok to Dubai on Friday, Thai authorities and an anti-trafficking group reported.

The animals were alive and received immediate veterinary care, according to the group, the FREELAND Foundation, which monitored the arrest.

The suspect, Noor Mahmoodr, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was charged with possessing endangered wildlife and smuggling endangered wildlife, said Col. Kiattipong Khaosum-arng of the Thai nature crime police. Mahmoodr was released on bail pending trial, police said.

“We believe Mahmoodr has done this several times already, and there is a network involved in this case,” Kiattipong told CNN.

He said police received a tip that the smuggling attempt would happen Friday morning and were waiting at the airport to make an arrest.

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  1. banasy

    Oh, ok, it's just swell that Mahmoodr can smuggle exotic animals into Dubai, while officials presumably look the other way, but Adam Foster is arrested and on trial for picking up a pair of handcuff that were lying on the ground. I see.

    May 13, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. dan Smith

    I love Bangkok! 😉

    Stay on topic, people!

    May 13, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Riff*Raff

    How in the world? Im assuming these huge animals were sedated,but one wonders what would happen if they woke up during transit. Unbelievable story!

    May 13, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinman6

      I think that these were babies, so not so large at the time. Still, when sedation wore off...a whole lot of noise!!

      May 13, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    Good morning people of the United States of America and the World.
    I am "Shocked,Shocked" to find out there is Exoctic Animal Smuggling going on in Dubai.Glad to see the caught the Evil A..hole.I just hope his previous passengers did not end up on some Rich Arab Sheiks dinner table.

    May 13, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shocked

    Hey Frank, if you really want to be SHOCKED then put two in the goo and one in the poo!

    May 13, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • KatieT

      haha gross... funny.... but gross.. nice work.

      May 13, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Grow up, that is unless you really are a 5 year old boy which is how you write.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. ?

    NUKE ISLAM!

    May 13, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      How do you bomb a system of belief?

      May 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Alverant

      What does Islam have to do with this? It would be better to blame the Free Market system because the guy was smuggling animals to sell for a profit.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Poor babies. At least they're safe now.

    May 13, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. dan smith

    Who ever keeps posting using my name and other people's name, your a juvenile idiot and cnn should ban you from putting up anymore posts.

    May 13, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      @ Dan, please join me in reporting abuse on this troll.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • dan smith

      You tell 'em dan.
      I'm sure there is only dan smith in the US, NA, and world.

      May 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. animal lover

    How in the hell did they get these animals in luggage thats crazy wondering what they planned on doing with those amazing creatures i hope that their punishment is severe

    May 13, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wheezy

    just guessing they were all babies...

    May 13, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Katie

    That man should be locked up for life... Pathetic...

    May 13, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. dan smith

    I was wondering that also. They were undoubtedly tranquilized. Some people falsely believe that the bile from the asiatic black bear is an aphrodisiac.

    May 13, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. blazoon

    Cruel, contemptible, sick, evil–to do this to innocent creatures. I hope this man dies of an open cancerous wound.

    May 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Katie

    CNN needs a biology lesson. "Panthers" are anything in the panthera genus (big cats). Did they mean 2 spotted leopards and 2 black leopards?

    May 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • askmehow

      Call it what you want. The same happens in the US.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pointless1

    Stuff this man in a suit case and send him on a trip in the area that isn't pressurized...

    May 13, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
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