Malaysian caught smuggling giant squirrels at Indian airport

PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian woman is in hot water after customs officers at an Indian airport found two giant squirrels in her checked-in luggage.

According to the Times of India, the woman arrived at the Trichy International Airport in Tamil Nadu on Sept 29.

The squirrels were confiscated under the Customs Act 1962 and were handed over to the Tamil Nadu forest department.

It is prohibited to import Malayan giant squirrels as listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It is an endangered species according to the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

"Customs officials have stated that the forest department will be taking legal action against the passenger," the report said.

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