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Leopard cub found in air passenger’s bag

Leopard cub found in air passenger’s bag

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leopard cub was hidden in a plastic grocery basket An air passenger who arrived in India from Thailand has been detained at the airport after customs officers found a month-old leopard cub in his luggage.Suspicious were raised when officials heard noises coming from his bag, which was found…


A leopard cub seized from the luggage of a passenger travelling from Bangkok to Chennai airport, 2 February 2019Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The leopard cub was hidden in a plastic grocery basket

An air passenger who arrived in India from Thailand has been detained at the airport after customs officers found a month-old leopard cub in his luggage.

Suspicious were raised when officials heard noises coming from his bag, which was found to contain the 2.2lb (1kg) cub hidden in a plastic grocery basket.

The man had arrived at Chennai airport on Saturday on a flight from Bangkok.

Authorities are investigating whether the suspect is part of an international smuggling ring, officials told AFP.

The 45-year-old, who has not yet been officially named, was said to have been “evasive in his replies” when questioned about his luggage by customs officers.

Image copyright Getty Images

Image caption Airport officials said the cub looked “weak”

“The animal was in a state of shock and was making trill sounds, and appeared to be weak,” airport officials said.

Footage captured at the airport showed officialsbottle-feeding the leopard cub milk.


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