3,000 rare animals found in truck
Thai authorities have seized nearly 3,000 rare animals in the biggest wildlife trafficking raid reported in the south-east Asian nation this year.
Customs department director-general Prasong Poontaneat said officials confiscated 2,721 monitor lizards, 717 turtles, 44 civets and 20 snakes after stopping a truck in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
The animals are protected by a convention on international trade in endangered species of which Thailand is a member.
Mr Prasong said the truck's driver was also detained.
He said that the animals were worth more than four million Thai baht (£83,600) and were being trafficked through the region.