A Russian vacationer has been arrested for attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Andrei Zhestkov was taken into custody on the airport after an X-ray discovered the two-year-old male ape in a rattan basket inside his baggage.
A spokesman for Bali province’s conservation company stated Zhestkok informed authorities he intentionally fed the orangutan allergy tablets blended with milk, inflicting the animal to lose consciousness for as much as three hours.
He informed them he deliberate to re-dose the animal throughout a transit in Seoul.
Zhestkov additionally informed officers he purchased the orangutan for $three,000 (£2,270) from a market on Indonesia’s essential island of Java after being informed by a good friend that he may deliver it dwelling as a pet.
Customs officers additionally found two geckos and 5 lizards within the man’s suitcase – all of the animals had been alive.
He’s but to be charged as police are nonetheless investigating to see if there are hyperlinks to worldwide syndicates concerned in wildlife trafficking.
The Russian may resist 5 years in jail and $7,000 (£5,300) in fines for smuggling.
Orangutans are listed as critically endangered by the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature. Solely round 13,400 Sumatran orangutans stay within the wild.