Police in Columbia rescued over 1,000 animals together with birds, starfish and tarantulas in an anti-smuggling operation supported by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Columbia’s nationwide police additionally rescued lizards, snakes and turtles in the operation earlier than they hit the black market the place the animals are price greater than $1 million, based on a press launch from the National Police.
Local environmental authorities and police labored collectively on the nationwide operation referred to as “Leopard” that netted 21 arrests, the discharge mentioned.
“The nationwide police in coordination with wildlife authorities from the United States have achieved crucial operation to safeguard protected species in Colombia,” General Jorge Luis Vargas, the top of the nationwide police, instructed Reuters.
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All 1,004 animals are actually in the care of environmental authorities.
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