Two baby orangutans freed after driver tried to smuggle them over Thai border in a suitcase with 51 reptiles and two raccoons

The tiny orangutans, which were less than six months old, were thought to have been bound for private zoo or to be sold as pets.

TWO baby orangutans are freed from a suitcase after a driver tried to smuggle them over a border with 51 reptiles and six raccoons - writes the Irish sun.

The dehydrated apes were given water by wildlife officers following their ordeal zipped up in the luggage.

The tiny orangutans, which were less than six months old, were thought to have been bound for a private zoo or to be sold as pets.

The reptiles were mostly endangered Indian star tortoises and were crammed into plastic boxes and bags, below.

They were found in 63-year-old Ismail Bin Ahmad’s car at a checkpoint on Malaysia’s border with Thailand’s southern Songkhla province.

Officer Prach Kongthong said: “The suspect claimed he was hired to transport the animals for £26.”

Thailand has long served as a hub for smuggled wildlife. They are usually bound for Vietnam and China. The exotic animal parts are often used there as ingredients for alternative medicines.

The rescue comes just a few weeks after a rare blue-eyed albino orangutan was rescued from captivity in Borneo after animal campaigners received a tip-off from police.

The five-year-old female was being held by local residents for two days when conservation organisation the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation swooped in.

Read other news on the city site of Dublin.

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