Two arrested for trading tiger skeleton in southern Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City police Wednesday arrested two men for trading a tiger skeleton, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reports.

Banh Tien Quan, 37, was caught transporting the skeleton weighing 9.4 kilograms in Go Vap District the day before, the report said.

Quan said he had bought the skeleton from Ha Van Nga in District 12 for VND169.2 million (US$8,000) and planned to take it home, adding that he was yet to pay Nga.

A subsequent raid on Nga's home and office in District 12 and Cu Chi District netted many wildlife products including elephant tusks, lion skeletons and baby tiger carcasses soaked in rice wine.


Nga told police that he bought the products from a Lao at a border gate in the central province of Ha Tinh at a total of VND2 billion ($95,192), the newspaper reports.

The case is being investigated further, police said.

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