Baby orangutans advertised for sale on Internet rescued

Two smuggled baby orangutans were seized and a man was arrested after he delivered them to an official of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation impersonating a buyer.

The suspected smuggler identified as Jirapat Manasthitikul.

The baby orangutans, a male and a female, from Indonesia were advertised for sale on the Internet at 700, 000 baht.

Park officials and police then contacted the seller on the Internet to buy and deliver them at a commercial center in Bangkok.

As soon as Jirapat arrived at the centre and delivered the apes to two plainclothes police and official, he was apprehended.

Park official said the two babies were in good health.

They will be sent to Khao Pratapcharng animal breeding centre in Ratchaburi for nursery.

Park officials said they didn't believe the suspect is a real smuggler but just was paid to deliver the animals to customer.

However he will face charge of smuggling endangered species and of violating custom law.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)