Police in Vietnam seek the owner of 22 severed bear limbs

By Dang Hanh, Thanh Nien News

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22 bear limbs were seized by Vinh police on August 27. Photo provided by the police. 22 bear limbs were seized by Vinh police on August 27. Photo provided by the police.

Police in the central city of Vinh say they're looking for a bus passenger who dropped a bag containing 22 severed bear limbs packed in ice.

At around 2:15 p.m. on August 27, a group of traffic police noticed a coach bearing a Lao license plate stopping in Thanh Chuong District to drop off a passenger.

Just as the officers were reaching the scene to conduct a routine inspection, the passenger suddenly took off, leaving his luggage on the sidewalk.

Police recovered the arms and legs, which they described as having been packed into two separate bags and smelling strongly despite all the ice.

The illegal wildlife meat was brought to the district police station for further investigations.

“We are awaiting the results of tests being conducted on the limbs and hunting for their owner”, Nguyen Dinh Anh, deputy head of the district police. 

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