Man tries boarding a Flight with 247 Live Animals in his Suitcase!
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by in Reptiles


Even as conservationists around the world make efforts to save and protect hundreds of threatened animal species, there are those who keep abusing nature in every possible way. The latest of such stories comes from Argentina where a man was nabbed from trying to board a transatlantic flight with 247 live animals packed in an overstuffed suitcase.

51 year old Karel Abelovsky, a Czech national, was stopped from boarding a flight to Madrid on December 7 at the Iberia Airlines desk at Ezeiza Airport in greater Buenos Aires when the X-ray machine technician noticed something organic moving inside the bag!

On opening the suitcase the staff were shocked to find over 200 reptiles and mollusks, among them nine species of poisonous snakes including South American pitvipers. They were all packed in plastic containers.

The suitcase also contained young boas and 15 venomous vipers, including two yararas, which can measure up to 1.50 meters (five feet).

As per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species some of these animals are extremely rare and endangered.

Two of the animals sadly were found dead and if not for the alert airport officials, most others stuffed in the suitcase would have been dead if left in the cargo area during the flight.

A judge has charged Abelovsky with attempted smuggling, and he faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Experts say that the smuggling attempt could be a part of a bigger animal trafficking racket where exotic species are traded for huge amounts of money.

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Atula is a writer, traveler and a nature-lover. She is also mom to a boy who seems to have inherited all her creative genes. When Atula is not busy making up stories with her son, she writes for numerous magazines, websites and blogs. She is also working on her site on endangered species called indiasendangered.com.

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