Travellers were trying to smuggle lorises through airport
Three male passengers from the United Arab Emirates have been arrested at the busiest airport in India after security guards caught them hiding a near-extinct species of primate in their underwear. The lorises – nocturnal (and carnivorous) animals found in tropical forests in South and Southeast Asia – were concealed in pouches in the passengers’ briefs. They are prized as exotic pets in some countries.
The men were on their way to Dubai from Bangkok. The security guards at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi noticed a bulge in their underwear during a hand search.
The lorises were said to be “OK but deteriorating”, according to a customs official. They are now in the hands of People For Animals, a Delhi-based charity.