Thailand seizes 25 smuggled endangered birds


SA KAEO, May 28 — Thai authorities seized a total of 25 endangered young birds at the Thai-Cambodian border as they were being smuggled to Cambodia on Tuesday.

The seizure was a result from the cooperation of special ranger forces, police officers and immigration officers who caught two Vietnamese men at Aranyaprathet Border Checkpoint in Thailand’s eastern province of Sa Kaeo while they were trying to smuggle 25 rare birds to Cambodia’s Poipet without official documents allowing the export of animals.

The men claimed they bought the birds from Chatuchak weekend market while visiting Thailand’s capital. 

The birds include 10 macaws, three African grey parrots and 12 ringneck parakeets which are near extinction and listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).