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3 smuggled baby orangutans rescued in Malaysia

3 smuggled baby orangutans rescued in Malaysia

A Malaysian wildlife official says authorities have rescued three smuggled orangutan babies from an ostrich breeder and a zoo.
Saharudin Anan, enforcement director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, says one orangutan confiscated from the breeder is an infant still being bottle-fed. He says the other two were at a zoo in northern Taiping town.
He says the breeder and zoo officials could face up to six years in prison if charged and convicted for holding the protected and endangered species without permits.
Saharudin says officials are not sure where the three orangutans came from _ whether from a Malaysian forest or from abroad.
All orangutans held legally in Malaysia have been DNA-profiled and implanted with a microchip.


Updated : 2021-04-17 06:44 GMT+08:00