Quang Tri: Wildlife trafficker arrested, five pangolins rescued hinh anh 1The rescued Java pangolins (Source: internet)

Quang Tri (VNA) – Police in the central province of Quang Tri’s Huong Hoa district on October 7 arrested a man illegally transporting five Java pangolins, which are in the list of endangered rare species and banned from trading.

Tran Quang, 61, residing in Huong Hoa district, was detected carrying a woman with many suspicious signs. When asked to stop for checking, Quang drove his motorbike to flee. After being chased nearly 2 km, the woman jumped off the motorbike and fled into a coffee field.

Quang was found to transport the five Java pangolins with total weight of 32.7 kg.

Quang admitted that he was rented to transport the pangolins, which are estimated to value about 250 million VND (10,780 USD), from Tan Lien commune to Khe Sanh town.

The local police are searching for the fleeing woman for further investigation.

On October 8, staff from the Vietnam Wildlife Protection Centre under the Cuc Phuong National Park came to Huong Hoa district to rescue these pangolins./.