As many as five exotic animals were seized from a passenger’s bag at Chennai airport last week. The five dwarf and spotted couscous were smuggled from Bangkok by the passenger who was just arrested.
The common dwarf mongoose is a species of mongoose native to Angola, northern Namibia, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Zambia and East Africa.
It has soft fur ranging from yellowish red to very dark brown, a large pointed head, small ears, a long tail, short limbs and long claws, NDTV reported.
#LOOK | On October 23, customs officials in Chennai seized five dwarf and spotted couscous concealed in the check-in baggage of a passenger arriving from Bangkok, Thailand. All the Cuscus were deported to Thailand. The passenger was arrested.
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The common spotted couscous is found in the Cape York region of Australia, New Guinea and nearby small islands. The species, also known as the white couscous, is about the size of a common house cat and has a round head, small hidden ears, thick fur and a prehensile tail for easy climbing. Its eyes range in color from yellow and orange to red and are slit much like a snake’s.
Earlier this month, 665 exotic animals were seized at Mumbai airport. The animals, smuggled into the country concealed in an imported shipment of live fish, included rare lizards, pythons and iguanas.
The import of these species, listed in the appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), is prohibited, the official said.
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