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Over 4,500 endangered baby turtles seized from passenger van in Tak province

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Toyota Commuter minivan in Hat Yai

Toyota Commuter minivan in Hat Yai, Songkhla. Photo: Ilya Plekhanov.

Customs officials and army troops seized more than 4,500 baby endangered turtles and some tropical fish from a passenger van on the Mae Sot-Tak highway in Mae Sot district of Thailand’s northwestern province of Tak on Tuesday.

The seized turtles include 586 Indian star tortoises, an endangered species listed in Category 1 by CITES, 75 common snapping turtles on the CITES’s Category 3 list and about 3,800 Japanese turtles.

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By Thai PBS World

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