Russian arrested smuggling drugged orangutan in Indonesia

Authorities say they have arrested a Russian tourist who was attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.

Ketut Catur Marbawa from Bali province’s conservation agency says 27-year-old Andrei Zhestkov was captured late Friday at the airport after an X-ray found the 2-year-old male orangutan in a rattan basket inside his luggage.

Mr. Marbawa said on Sunday that customs officers also found allergy pills, two geckos and five lizards in the man’s suitcase. All the animals were alive.


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