Ho Chi Minh City authorities have seized 60 Asiatic brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus) that had been smuggled into the city from the northern province of Bac Giang.
The animals, kept in ten cages were carried by a large bus owned by 31-year-old Phung Thi Huyen of Bac Giang, who failed to produce documents for them to the city animal health inspectors after being pulled over Friday evening on National Highway 1A.
Huyen claimed that some people in Bac Giang asked her to carry the animals to Binh Duong Province. However, she failed to contact these people when asked to.
On Saturday, the HCMC Forest Protection Agency fined Huyen VND11.75 million (US$564) for "illegal transport of wildlife."
According to park ranger Vo Van Duc of the agency, the animals were taken to his agency's rescue center.
Tuoi Tre reported that brush-tailed porcupines are sold for around VND400,000.
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