Bengaluru: Seventy-two exotic snakes and six dead Capuchin monkeys were found to be stuffed inside baggage that arrived on a Bangkok flight at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.
According to the Bengaluru Customs department, the baggage which arrived by Flight no FD 137 Air Asia from Bangkok at 10.30 pm on Wednesday was found to contain a total of 78 animals comprising 55 ball pythons (in different colour morphs) and 17 king cobras. These were found alive and in active condition. However, six Capuchin monkeys were found dead.
#IndianCustomsAtWork A case of Wildlife smuggling was booked by Bengaluru Air Customs on 6th Sep, 2023 at KIAL Bengaluru. Animals found alive have been deported to country of origin and 6 dead Capuchin monkeys were disposed. Further investigation under progress. pic.twitter.com/NoM0XTkcjq
— Bengaluru Customs (@blrcustoms) September 7, 2023
The live animals have been deported to the country of origin and the dead animals have been disposed of with proper sanitary measures. Further investigation is in progress.