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. ummyeah

    damn, now I gotta wait another month for panther......err this is a terrible crime! But seriously it kinda is. But aside from the inhumane way he was carrying them, if he was only gonna sell them as pets, then really beyond the transport, is this worse than capturing animals to put in zoos for us to see or to own as pets. People legally have tigers and other exotic animals, they weren't delivered in a suitcase but its still capturing them, im sure to the animal being taken away from their home its really all the same. If you were kidnapped would it really matter that much if it was in a trunk or the back seat?

    May 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. julie

    I TELL YOU WHAT WHY DON;T YOU GO TO SOME OF THOSE COUNTRIES AND SEE THE WAY THEY POACH ANIMALS AND SEE IF YOU DO NOT GET ANGRY I HAVE SEEN STUFF ON THE STREETS THAT WOULD MAKE YOU VOMIT. I RESZCUED PITS AND OWLS AND SQUIRRELS AND OTHER ANIMALS AND WHAT I SAW APPAULED ME. THANK GOD FOR THE HOUSTON SPCA, AND OTHER SHELTERS AROUND THE WORLD AND WWF THEY ARE THEY GOOD GUYS GODS ANGELS. THEY NEED TO GIVE SXTIFFER PENALITIES SO THIS WILL STOP. ITS DISGUSTING DISGUSTING DISGUSTING

    May 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Liz

    Abuse of any living thing is awful. How about stuffing this nitwit into a suitcase and shipping him around the world.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimbo

    I hope the Thai's cut of this guys hands and torture him to find out who was going to be purchasing these creatures and then put a bullet in the heads of those making the purchases.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. laurie209

    Sad and disgusting. any person who would endanger an animal in anyway, any person who would sell an animal for profit and not care about it's wellbeing, should be fined and jailed for many years. It won't change their thinking but it will stop the abuse and keep them from continuing their cruelness.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      OMG! I SOOOO Need one of these, how much does it cost?

      May 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • fdadfsfs

      What? Those are none of the reasons I am against this. The reason I am against it is because its not right to introduce foreign animals into another ecosystem.
      People sell animals all the time, are you trying to tell me dog breeders should be put in jail. Your a wooden mo ron.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      I am against animal cruelty too and this was definitely cruel. I'm not against controlled breeding and selling animals like dogs and cats to hopefully homes where they become part of a loving family, but the horror of what this man tried to do and how he tried to do it is clear.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • LVL

      I agree totally. And to the post of "fdadfsfs" theres a HUGE difference btwn breaking the law and smuggling animals to another country and selling dogs or other animals. Plus its animal cruelty and YES peopl are punished all the time for that.
      For you to compare the two shows how ignorant you are!

      May 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • surfdog11

      No doubt taking them to sell to some filthy rich emir or shiek in Dubai so they can treat them like a trinkett on their charm braclet of possessions.

      May 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerBear

      all of you who claim to be "against animal abuse"...how many of you pay thousands of dollars to buy animal products to each each year? You are literally PAYING for animal abuse and inhumane treatment of innocent creatures. If you don't understand where your food comes from and what your money is supporting when you go to the grocery store/Subway/Chick Fil-a, WAKE UP and educate yourselves! It's called factory farming people, and it's atrocious animal abuse to the tune of MILLIONS of animals every year! Stop being hypocrites!!

      May 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leopard, not panther

    The black cub isn't a panther at all. Melanistic leopards and jaguars occur quite frequently and this one is likely a melanistic leopard. They sure are beautiful but need the right environment and care to thrive. Most individuals can't provide that and fail to educate themselves so they even know the difference.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • UHM

      Black Panther is a term for a melanistic cat of several species, including leopards, so yes, it is a panther (or jaguar, depending on where you live). Pay attention in biology.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Margroks

    Good they caught this guy. Horrible person. Clearly he didn't care whether the animals survived or not.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mkcky

    In general arabs are ruthless they have no respect for any kind of life, let alone a life of a helpless animal. I am sure that this moron knows that language compartment is not temp control. Most of those animals will be dead by the time he reached his destination. This guy should be put in jail for long time.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curious

      I am Arab and I love Animals and rescue them. Please don't make general statements like this. Having said that, this guy needs to be jailed for a long time.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulMc1981

      Yes, because we know that blanket generalizations are always true!

      May 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Racism Fail?

      You do realize that Thai is not the same as Arab, right? Also, only about a quarter of the people in the UAE are of Arab decent... so, i suppose you have a 25% chance of steotyping the correct ethnic group.

      May 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Edmonton Girl

    There would be no trade in exotic animals if there were not people whose egos must be fed by such attention getting antics. Personally, I find such people repugnant and (I am just going to say it) stupic. Please, people, let wild animals live in the wild and do their jobs – they are on the planet for a purpose and are part of an incredible ecosystem that needs all elements to stay in balance.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DDSilks

    They should stuff HIM in a bag and beat it with a bat.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    @dan smith, re: 1:36 post:

    Welcome to my world.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kate

    How would this creep get baby animals without killing the mother? Sometimes I just feel completely hopeless about our planet's future.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. will

    I'm sure someone's brought this up in 5 pages of posts...but panther is not one breed of cat. it can refer to several ...which includes leapords. i know how to check facts, plz give me a job doing blogs CNN.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Linari

    You people do realize that what you want to do to the smuggler is no better than what the smuggler wanted to do the animals, right? Although I am an animal lover, and do NOT condone animal cruelty of any kind, it always amazes me when people want to draw and quarter someone who abuses animals.
    I am against cruelty to animals; remember, humans are of the animal species, also!

    May 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerBear

      Do you consume animal products? If so, these statements make you a huge hypocrite. If not, rock on and thanks for being a decent, non-animal-torturing person! Glad to hear there are others out there! 🙂

      May 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kanrath

    Animals are food, is natures way. Yes inhumane factory raising conditions are wrong and need to be stopped, but that's only some not all places so don't condemn them all. As far as killing animals goes for food those of you who claim it is wrong simply need find a wolf and watch it for one day or a cheetah or any predator species, animals are food.

    As for large predators the reason there is so much outrage over the transport/ownership of them, rightly so, is because when an ecosystem fails, for example a barrier reef, its not prey species that die off, its predators. The removal of a predator species will quickly send an ecosystem into chaos, the example of the northeastern forests int he U.S. is a good example, with its current overpopulation of deer is because of the removal of wolves from the forest which has quickly started to decrease the food sources for other herbivores and other deer resulting many animals dying each winter that under a balanced eco system would have lived.

    One can only imagine what the removal of a large predatory species like tigers, panthers, ect would do to their respective ecosystem

    May 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerBear

      I'm not claiming it's morally "wrong" to eat animals. What's wrong is subjecting them to torturous, misery-filled lives because we want to be able to eat 99 cent cheeseburgers. You're delusional if you think inhumane treatment of animals isn't the NORM at every single factory farm in the world. It's called economics, running a business, and watching out for your bottom line. And 99% of the animal products in this country are from FACTORY FARMS. Do you call 99% "some"? Because I call it "pretty much all."

      I wish people would stop being naive in order to protect their easy habits. EDUCATE YOURSELF on FACTORY FARMING and stop paying others to abuse animals!

      May 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
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