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2 detained for catching endangered species in Vietnam national park

2 detained for catching endangered species in Vietnam national park

Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 11:05 GMT+7
2 detained for catching endangered species in Vietnam national park
This photo shows birds hunted by Ho Van Ngoan and Nguyen Van Ven in Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tung Tram / Tuoi Tre

Police in Kien Giang Province, located in southern Vietnam, have arrested two local men for allegedly hunting endangered and rare species, including purple herons, white storks, black shags, and snakebirds to use as snacks for a drinking party.

The suspects were identified as Ho Van Ngoan, 29, and Nguyen Van Ven, 37, both residing in U Minh Thuong District, the district’s investigation agency said on Tuesday.

At around 11:00 pm on August 12, they were running out of snacks for a drinking party, so Ngoan asked Ven to join him to hunt birds at U Minh Thuong National Park, according to a police report.

At the national park, Ngoan used a three-meter-long bamboo pole to beat birds which were asleep on the tree until they fell onto the ground. Ven picked up the fallen birds and put them into a bag.

Ho Van Ngoan (L), 29 and Nguyen Van Ven (R), 37, both residing in U Minh Thuong District, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam have been arrested for allegedly hunting endangered and rare species at U Minh Thuong National Park. Photo: Tung Tram / Tuoi Tre

Ho Van Ngoan (L), 29, and Nguyen Van Ven (R), 37, both residing in U Minh Thuong District, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam, have been arrested for allegedly hunting endangered and rare species at U Minh Thuong National Park. Photo: Tung Tram / Tuoi Tre

Two hours later, a group of rangers caught the duo hunting the endangered and rare animals.

The force chased and managed to seize Ngoan and Ven along with a bag containing 37.5kg of 35 purple herons, white storks, black shags, and six snakebirds.

The national park authority booked these two men and handed them over to police for further investigation.

The police division in U Minh Thuong said that the Institute of Forensic Sciences, under the Ministry of Public Security, confirmed that the seized birds are endangered and rare species.

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