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. db

    Good idea: Take the person and put them in a box, place the box in an area that the Mom and Dad cats are located. Then the guy can either come out of the box and greet the parents or stay in the box forever. At least he stands a better chance to run than the tiny animals do in a suit case.

    May 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ms. Grammar

    Leopards and panthers and bears, oh my!

    May 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. karbvi

    @fdadfsfs reputable dog breeders dont sell their puppies in cramped luggage, with little air you complete idiot, hopefully a pet will never be purchased by the likes of you, it amazes me how ignorant people can be

    May 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Truthwillsetyoufree

    Fair play would be to stick his butt in a bag in prison...

    May 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cory

    The people involved in this smuggling ring will burn in hell...

    May 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryanzzzz

      No they won't, you might though for wishing spite on others.

      May 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      It's the laws that need to be more strict and there needs to be more enforcement for the trafficking of animals. Unfortunately, animals never seem to take priority in the minds of most people and the laws of most countries. Its a sad fact.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    The decadence of the UAE never ceases to appall.

    May 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuckist

      Use your brain. What has UAE got to do with this? These kinds of nuts can be anywhere!

      May 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LouSan

    The Thai government needs to start treating animal trafficking like drug trafficking. It's the only way to stop this.

    May 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann

      agreed.

      May 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rational Human

      I agree too. This guy and his kind should be treated like the baby stealers they are. No bail. Mandatory jail time of 5+ years. If they killed the parents 10+ years jail time.

      May 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. imastarchick

    Im wondering where the mommies are... Dosnt look good for the parent of these babies, unless he got them from a zoo or private collector. I like the idea of putting him in a suit case and sending it far away...

    May 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. G Hibbs

    I think we need to go hunt babies from the UAE and transport them in our luggage. How would the parents of those kids enjoy that. No respect for animals. I have no respect for anyone from the UAE now – zero respect. I am on the hunt for them now !

    May 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • dean IN

      People with no respect for human life, probably have no respect for animal life either.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryanzzzz

      dean IN,
      In my experience, people with an abnormal respect for animal life have less decency when it comes to humans. For instance, if one is charged and is in the media for say, hunting an endangered species, there are plenty coming out of the woodwork who just spout ugly violent rhetoric against this individual (as if they don't understand their own hypocrisy).

      May 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brian Olsen

    Thank God for the tipster's determination to do good!

    May 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RoseMcB

    This sickens me. This monster will get a slap on the wrist and be back to it in no time. They should treat these crimes in the same way Singapore treats drug smuggling. That would put a stop to it in a hurry.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mad as hell

    Look whoever did this i sure wouldnt mind stuffing u in my suitcase and throwing it in the ocean

    May 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. YAKIMO

    I find it very difficult to comprehend how a rational human being could put such animals in a lugguage,bearing in mind that all living things,man and animals alike need a maximum amount of oxygen in order to be able to live.Wouldn't these poor creatures have died in the course of their transportation?

    May 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. joAnn

    What,in the world was this man thinking of?Noah,had already built an ark,and had two of each creature aboard.This,guy tried to smuggle animals in a suitcase,that's sick. JoAnn

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

    Actually some of the animals have been smuggled into th US so I guess all of the accusations against arabs is only partially correct. Also what about all the species americans nearly wiped out, buffalo,black panthers,mountain lions,grizzlies,wolves the list goes on and on. Are we really any better.

    May 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MH.

      One crime never justifies another.

      May 14, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
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