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Red pandas rescued in Laos


Free in a cage: One of the three red pandas at the Free The Bears sanctuary after being confiscated from wildlife traffickers in Luang Prabang, Laos. — AFP

Free in a cage: One of the three red pandas at the Free The Bears sanctuary after being confiscated from wildlife traffickers in Luang Prabang, Laos. — AFP

BANGKOK: The rescue in Laos of three endangered red pandas trafficked from China has raised fears the rare animals are increasingly being coveted by exotic pet owners.

Landlocked Laos, which borders China and Vietnam, is a key transit hub in the global trade in illegal wildlife, but experts say the discovery of red pandas there is virtually unheard of.

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