Black bear cub, rescued after being found in smuggler's luggage in Thailand, courtesy Freeland
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Animal cubs found in smuggler's luggage in Thailand

A man has been caught trying to smuggle numerous animals, including a baby black bear and leopard and panther cubs, out of Thailand.

Staff at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport found the bear cub, two leopards, two panthers and several monkeys, all under two months old, in the man's luggage.

Steven Galster, from the anti-trafficking group Freeland, which says it had been monitoring the man since he bought the animals on the black market, said it was "a very sophisticated smuggling operation".

  • 13 May 2011