Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins in border area with Thailand

Malaysian authorities have rescued 140 live pangolins in crackdowns on wildlife trafficking near Malaysia's border with Thailand. 

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

The pangolins were seized on November 6 in two separate raids in Malaysia’s northern state of Kedah. 

In the first incident, a Malaysian man was caught with 85 pangolins in the town of Changlun near the border with Thailand. Later, Malaysian officials stopped a Thai man at a roadblock near a crossing into Thailand and found 55 sacks, each containing a live pangolin, and bags full of scales.

Officials did not give an estimate for the value of the seized animals. 

As the world's most heavily trafficked mammals, pangolins fetch a high price on the black market as their meat is prized as a delicacy and their body parts are used as ingredients in traditional medicine in parts of Asia and Africa. By Vietnamplus.

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