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Rare pangolins seized in Thailand

Authorities in Thailand have rescued nearly 100 endangered pangolins worth about 32,000 US dollars (£20,700) which they say were to be sold and eaten outside the country.

Customs Department director-general Prasong Poontaneat said the anteaters were seized from a truck in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan on Sunday evening after a driver fled a checkpoint there.

The driver was later detained.

Mr Prasong said that the mammals might have come from Malaysia or Indonesia and were en route to either Vietnam or China, where many believe they can cure ailments and boost sexual prowess.

The animals are protected by a convention on international trade in endangered species of which Thailand is a member.

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