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Bangkok motorcyclist arrested with otter


A Bangkok taxi motorcyclist was arrested on Thursday morning while he was allegedly delivering a protected baby otter to a buyer.

Thana Phiewban, 33, was arrested at 9:30am inside the PTT petrol station on Kamphaeng Phet 2 road in Bangkok's Chatuchak district.
A baby Asian small-clawed otter was found in a cardboard box.
A team of officials of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation led police to make the arrest.
The team has been monitoring activities of a woman on Facebook, identified as Orn, who offered to sell baby otters and the team staked out the petrol station where the otter would be delivered.
The motorcyclist said he was hired for Bt3,900 to deliver the animal but the buyer did not turn up.
Police said they will summon the woman to face charges.
The otter would be rehabilitated by the wildlife officials, the police said.

Published : September 13, 2018

By : The Nation