Over 600 Smuggled Star Tortoises Returned To India From Malaysia

File photo: A Star Tortoise
Karthikeyan S

A parcel containing 601 Indian star tortoises was returned to Chennai from Malaysia and handed over to the Forest department. The tortoises were handed over from Kuala Lumpur after customs officials in the airport found it in an unclaimed parcel that allegedly arrived from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Star tortoises are not protected species in either Malaysia or Bangladesh. They are protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (WLPA). The tortoises will be quarantined for a couple of days in the local forest range and then sent to the Arignar Anna Zoological park and Guindy National Park in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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