Tigers, pangolins seized from car in central Vietnam

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One of the four tiger cubs being transported in a car in the central province of Ha Tinh on Tuesday

Police in the central province of Ha Tinh recovered four live tiger cubs and 119 pangolins on Tuesday in a single traffic stop, Dan Tri reported that day.

Major Dang Quang Niem, deputy chief of the Ha Tinh police department's environmental division, said they made the bust around 1 a.m. on National Road 8A, following a tip from local residents.

The cubs weighed a total of 21.5 kilograms and had been confined in two cages, while the pangolins, also known as anteaters, weighed some 400 kilograms, the report said.

All of the animals had been loaded onto on the back seats of the vehicle, it added without mentioning if the pangolins were still alive.

Ho Sy Hanh, 36, and Bui Van Muoi, 33, who were driving the vehicle failed to provide any documents showing the wildlife's origins, police were quoted as saying.

The duo claimed that they had been hired to transport the animals, according to Dan Tri.

Police also discovered a number of fake license plates in the car.

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The bust, the largest in the provincial history, remains under investigation, Niem said.

Pangolins are listed in Vietnam's Red Book as endangered. In many parts of Africa they are hunted for meat and are also used as a component of many traditional Chinese remedies.

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