Photo of the Day: The Toothiest Contraband

Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Customs officials throughout the globe are constantly on the lookout for a veritable zoo of smuggled animals. Lemurs, all manner of birds, snakes, turtles and lizards are in constant transit from their home environments to unethical exotic pet traders and potion makers around the world.

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This reptile is known as a false gavial. With a 10,000 baht pricetag (330 U.S. dollars) on its snout, the false gavial is a true victim of animal smuggling. (Photo: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

The vigilance of Thai officials paid off Thursday at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport. Working on a tip, authorities seized 451 turtles, worth 1 million baht ($33,000), stashed in suitcases of passengers on a flight from Bangladesh. Seven false gavials, a type of freshwater crocodile worth 10,000 baht each, were also confiscated, luckily while still alive.


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