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1,529 Exotic Turtles And Tortoises Were Found Trying To Be Smuggled Into The Philippines

1,529 different species of turtles and tortoises, including Star Tortoises, Redfoot Tortoises, Sulcata Tortoises, and Red-eared Slider turtles, were trying to be smuggled into the Philippines' main airport, this past Sunday. The passenger carrying the animals from a flight from Hong Kong, said to a Filipino national, abandoned the exotic animals in four items of luggage that have since been intercepted by authorities.

Miraculously, all of the animals were found to be alive and believed to be worth around $86,000, according to the Bureau of Customs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In their announcement, the Bureau of Customs NAIA released a series of photos of the smuggled turtles, some of which had been bound in duct tape. The animals have now been turned over to to the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit of the Philippines Department on Natural Resources, the Bureau of Customs PH said.

Story originally found on abc.news.

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Meet The "Exotic Animal Specialist" Who Is Actually a Modern Tarzan

This gentleman is Mike Holston and he has a job that everyone should be jealous of. Boasting the title of "Exotic Animal Specialist", Mike gets to be around the most stunning animals the world has to offer. He shares his Irwin-Esque adventures on his Instagram and his YouTube Channel.

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The Serval, also called the "Giraffe Cat" because... kitty:



...is quickly losing its habitat, becoming part of the illegal pet trade, and decreasing in numbers in the wild. Let's keep these beauties thriving, so see what you can do to help by going here.



All kitties are good kitties.


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This is a baby Australian Eastern Quoll. Unlike most Australian animals, it will just kill you with cuteness.

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It's time to go down under and compare the squee between two of kind! The echidna and platypus are the only two animals that are monotremes or mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. Given this unique trait, we see it only fit to ask you which of these two cuties has the most squee!

Squee Spree: Which Will it be?