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An Associated Press article reported that a woman in KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia was arrested after finding three animals on the endangered species list in her condominium.
Officials find endangered species living as pets at 25-year-old’s home
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Authorities arrested a Malaysian woman after finding a baby honey bear, a leopard cat and a slow loris primate in her condominium, a wildlife official said Monday.
Officials acting on a tip discovered the endangered species at the 25-year-old woman's apartment in a Kuala Lumpur city high-rise in a raid Friday, said Mohammad Khairi Ahmad, deputy director of the Selangor state Wildlife Department
The animals, worth hundreds of dollars on the black market, were apparently kept as pets because the cage for the slow loris — a lemur-like animal — was equipped with swings.
Initial investigations showed the animals were bought from indigenous tribes in southern Negeri Sembilan
The woman, who has been released on bail, claimed her male cousin was the owner of the animals and authorities are now searching for him, Khairi said. Both could be charged for keeping endangered wildlife without permit. They could be jailed for up to two years and fined for each animal, he said.
Khairi said the honey baby bear could fetch about $1,471 on the black market, while the leopard cat and the slow loris were worth about $147 each.
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