August 27th, 2010

[CAT] "Drugged tiger cub found stashed in suitcase at Bangkok airport"

Drugged tiger cub
Originally uploaded by rfmcdpei
The picture in this post is a handout picture released by TRAFFIC Southeast Asia on August 27, 2010, showing a tiger cub which was discovered hidden in the baggage of a woman at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport. I got the story from the Globe and Mail.

Authorities at Bangkok's international airport found a baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in the suitcase of a woman flying from Thailand to Iran, an official and a wildlife protection group said Friday.

The woman, a Thai national, had checked in for her flight and her oversized bag was sent for an X-ray which showed what appeared to be a live animal inside, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring group.

The woman was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport before boarding her Sunday flight. The cub, estimated to be about 3 months old, was sent to a wildlife conservation centre in Bangkok.

“The cub arrived at our unit Monday,” said Chaiyaporn Chareesaeng, head of the Wildlife Health Unit at the Department of National Parks' Wildlife and Plant Conservation Center, where the animal was put under close supervision.

“He appeared exhausted, dehydrated and couldn't walk, so we had to give him oxygen, water and lactation,” said Mr. Chaiyaporn. “We have monitored him closely. As of today, he looks better and can walk a little now.”

[. . .]

She denied the luggage with the cub in belonged to her and said another passenger had asked her to carry it for them, said Adisorn Noochdumrong, head of an international wildlife division at the conservation centre.

The cub could have fetched about 100,000 baht ($3,200) on the black market in Iran, where it is popular to have exotic pets, Mr. Adisorn said. He said he did not know what the woman allegedly intended to do with this particular cub.

Poor, cute thing.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Centauri Dreams' Paul Gilster goes into more detail about the discovery of multiple planets orbiting the Sun-like star HD 10180.

  • At Eastern approaches, A.L.B. celebrates the beginning of Budapest's Summer Jewish Festival, as a cultural event that reflects one of the most dynamic Jewish populations in Europe.

  • A Fistful of Euros' Edward Hugh argues that the money that Spain spent on stimulating its own economy actually helped the German economy achieve its record growth through encouraging Spanish consumers to stock up on German goods.

  • Language Hat records the complaints of a Tajik circa 1990 about how the Soviet-era shift of Tajik from Arabic script to Cyrillic was harmful and unnecessary.

  • Reflecting on the recent death of an old friend to whom he was reconnected via Facebook, Lawyers, Guns and Money's Robert Farley thanks the site for making it possible for them to regain contact. (Ditto, similar situations.)

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen remarks on the very high rate of human ovum donations in Cyprus, particularly but not only among eastern European immigrants.

  • At the Power and the Money, Noel Maurer is skeptical of the idea that legalizing marijuana in Mexico might break the power of the cartels, suggesting (among other things) it could encourage the cartels to diversify.

  • Gideon Rachman takes a look at the various conspiracy theories held by a worrying number of Chinese about the West's desire to destroy China's boom.

  • Spacing Toronto's Matthew Blackett finds one way in which Toronto and Pittsburgh are alike: shop steps frequently feature tile mosaics. Pictures are included.

  • At Understanding Society, Daniel Little reports on recent studies suggesting that, notwithstanding India's strong economic growth, inequality in village communities is increasing markedly.