Thailand Averts Coup

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No, not the coup they already had a little while ago. A new coup attempt by the animal uprising. A crocodile coup.

BANGKOK (AFP) – Thai authorities have seized more than 200 live crocodiles that were being smuggled from Cambodia to a private farm in Thailand.

The endangered animals, along with a box of frozen crocodile skins estimated to be worth 600,000 baht (16,000 US dollars), were seized by Thai customs officials in Chonburi province, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of the capital Bangkok.

"They were probably being imported to captive breeding facilities in Thailand," said Tassanee Vejpongsa, a spokeswoman for WildAid, a non-profit group seeking to stop the illegal animal trade.

Crocodiles are almost extinct in the wild and it is illegal to import or export them without government permission, she said.

"We don't know the domino effect on the wildlife population so we have to be vigilant about monitoring the trade," Tassanee said.

Acting on a tip, Thai customs officials said they began following the truck Tuesday after it crossed the Thai-Cambodia border.

The driver of the truck, a Thai national, has been charged with the trafficking of endangered species, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years or a fine of four times the value of the imported goods.

"Smuggling" being the way the authorities are covering the nefarious plot up. It was the crocodiles paying a human accomplice to carry them to Bangkok. They were simply watching the news coverage of the recent Thai coup and figured, "Hey! We could do that!". They wouldn't discourage go-go dancers, either. They'd be handy as snacks.

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