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Philippines seizes hundreds of smuggled animals

AFP  |  Manila 

Authorities seized today hundreds of exotic smuggled into the Philippines, which is a regional hub in the animal trade.

The cache of some 300 creatures, which included squirrel-like sugar gliders, wallabies and a threatened species of cockatoo, was one of the nation's largest busts.

"In terms of live animals, this was likely one of our biggest (captures)," official told AFP.

Four suspects were arrested in the raid that turned up animals native to Australia, and

The haul also included seven red birds of paradise and 26 Moluccan cockatoos, which monitor considers to be at high risk of extinction in the wild.

Philippine officials put the market value of the confiscated creatures at $192,000, which is more than all the live seized by last year.

As the global convention on wildlife trade lists the Moluccan cockatoo as a species threatened with extinction, the suspects face up to 12 years in prison if convicted under the country's wildlife act.

Despite the law, the has a burgeoning illegal trade in wildlife, increasingly transacted on

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 16:15 IST