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. MH.

    They let the perpetrator off on bail and yet they jail drug smugglers. Where are their values? These are living, breathing babies stolen from their mothers and drugged for a long flight, risking suffocation for a life of misery; and paid for with dirty oil money. Let her rot in prison along with those that fund this crime.

    May 14, 2011 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. MH.

    You're right Jack, and all those wrong reasons have dollar signs attached to them.

    May 14, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sunshine Girl *

    Pathetic. Cruel. Just outright insane. What was this fool thinking? I know. He was thinking about the power of the almighty dollar. Some people are so classless and inhumane it makes me question the human race in general. He by no means is the only person doing this. They should all be rounded up and dumped out in the middle of death valley and well...survival of the fittest. Then they can understand what it means to be out of their enviroment cruelly. Just a thought...

    May 15, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. samara

    What will happen to these animals? they kept quiet, didn't complain and look what happened to them? people that are involved in illegal hunting, illegal smuggling of animals deserve harsh penalties and they should be made afraid of their own shadows, after ripping animals out of their natural safe environment and choosing to play G-d. They don't have the right to make these decisions, to dramatically re-interpret or change mother nature to suite their wallets or their own dirty sense of entertainment. It is incredibly sad that these animals are innocent victims of the cruel and shameless world we live in. This is a reflection of how disgusting we are as humans, we stand by and let this happen. We ruin the environment, and the animals that live in it and we essentially ruin ourselves. Each animal, each living thing has a unique and essential role to play in mother nature- like a deck of cards, you pull one and the whole thing comes crumbling down. We need to start putting value on conservation NOT materialism. UAE, Thailand, USA.....better buckle down and get serious about these disgusting violations against the animal kingdom, against humanity.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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