Sixty-three civets, a protected species in Vietnam, have been saved by police in northern Vietnam when they were being smuggled to restaurants and slaughterhouses.
The animals, known as Large Indian civet, were transported on two cars which were stopped by the police in Uong Bi town of Quang Ninh Province early Saturday.
The drivers, Dinh Nhu Hoe, 30, and Chu Van Thinh, 22, told the police they were hired to bring the civets to customers in Hanoi.
The police of Uong Bi are investigating further.
Large Indian civet is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 2008.