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Tay Ninh (VNA) – The Forestry Management Department of the southern province of Tay Ninh has received 66 turtles, weighing a total of 50 kilogrammes, seized by Moc Bai Border Gate customs officers on a coach from Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, to Vietnam.

Mang Van Thoi, deputy director of the department, said the owner of the captured rare wild animals failed to present any legal documents proving their origin. The animals are being cared and will be released into the natural environment after the relevant forces completed procedures.

According to the customs division at the Moc Bai Border Gate, those turtles were found on October 21 on a coach from Phnom Penh to Vietnam. The driver confessed that he was hired by a Cambodian to transport the turtles to HCM City for selling.-VNA