Russian tourist caught trying to smuggle drugged baby orangutan from Bali

first_imgRussian tourist caught trying to smuggle drugged baby orangutan from Bali A Russian tourist was arrested after attempting to smuggle a two-year-old orangutan stuffed into a suitcase.A Russian man was arrested in Bali, Indonesia after attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan in his suitcase.Andrei Zhestkov was preparing to fly out of Ngurah Rai International Airport when an x-ray machine flagged the primate inside his luggage.Security officers found the two-year-old Borneo orangutan sleeping inside a fruit basket after he had been drugged.The Russian citizen said that he bought the orangutan for $3,000 USD from a street market in Java.“We believe the orangutan was fed allergy pills which caused him to sleep. We found the pills inside the suitcase,” Bali conservation agency official Ketut Catur said.Authorities said Zhestkov had planned to re-dose the animal during a transit in Seoul.Geckos and lizards were also found in the suspect’s possessions.Zhestkov could face up to five years in prison and a smuggling fine of up to $7,000 USD.Orangutans are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Approximately, 13,400 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild. Blogcenter_img March 27, 20191 Commentlast_img

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