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Wild animal carcasses weighing 143kg found at residential house in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Wild animal carcasses weighing 143kg found at residential house in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Friday, September 10, 2021, 16:55 GMT+7
Wild animal carcasses weighing 143kg found at residential house in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
Trinh Ngoc Dong is arrested at his house in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, September 9, 2021. Photo: Duc Huy / Tuoi Tre

A man from Vietnam’s Central Highlands has been arrested after nearly 143 kilograms of wild animal corpses were found inside several freezers at his house.

The Department of Public Security in Lam Dong Province confirmed on Friday morning that officers had appended Trinh Ngoc Dong, 40, who resides in Di Linh District.

A team of police officers caught Dong red-handed hiding a live pangolin weighing three kilograms in the trunk of his motorbike on Thursday.

The man claimed he had just hunted the wild animal and was about to slaughter it after taking it to his house.

Carcasses of wild animals are found at Trinh Ngoc Dong’s house in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, September 9, 2021. Photo: Duc Huy / Tuoi Tre

Carcasses of wild animals are found at Trinh Ngoc Dong’s house in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, September 9, 2021. Photo: Duc Huy / Tuoi Tre

Officers searched Dong’s home and discovered that he was keeping an iguana and 20 bamboo rats, which weigh a total of 20 kilograms, in captivity.

They also found 59 carcasses of wild animals, namely hedgehogs, weasels, mouse-deers, bamboo rats, and chamois parts, inside three freezers.

Dong said he had bought the carcasses, which weigh a total of 142.9 kilograms, from other poachers to resell for profit.

Further investigation is ongoing.

A chamois head is found at Trinh Ngoc Dong’s house in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, September 9, 2021. Photo: Duc Huy / Tuoi Tre

A chamois head is found at Trinh Ngoc Dong’s house in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, September 9, 2021. Photo: Duc Huy / Tuoi Tre

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