IndonesiaRussian wanted to bring two-year-old primate home as a pet.

Drugged orangutan found in tourist’s luggage

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The two-year-old male orangutan in a rattan basket inside the Russian tourist’s luggage. Photo Credit: BKSDA Bali
A Russian man has been detained in Bali following discovery of a drugged orangutan in his luggage.

Local authorities have claimed the tourist was attempting to smuggle the orangutan out of the Indonesian resort of Bali.

A spokesman for Bali province’s conservation agency said the 27-year-old Russian was detained after an airport X-ray found the two-year-old male orangutan in a rattan basket inside his luggage.

Customs officers also found two geckos and five other lizards in the man’s suitcase. All the animals were alive.

The tourist told authorities he bought the orangutan for US$3,000 from a market on the Indonesian island of Java after being told by a friend that he could bring it home as a pet.

Orangutans are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Only around 13,400 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild.

Enquiries are continuing. 

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