Military police in Kampong Chhnang province yesterday rescued three endangered civets and 11 wild reptiles, including turtles and snakes, being smuggled on a passenger bus.
Provincial military police commander Sak Sarang said the rescue came after his officials collaborated with WildAid to stop the BPA Transport bus on suspicion of transporting the wildlife illegally in Samaki Meanchey district’s Sethey commune.
“We stopped the bus en route from Poipet town, Banteay Meanchey province, to Phnom Penh and found the wild animals on board,” Mr Sarang said, adding that officials arrested the driver for transporting wildlife illegally.
According to an official who asked not to be named, military police rescued three civets and 11 turtles and snakes, including a cobra, python and a non-venomous species.
Mr Sarang said he handed the civets to conservation group WildAid to be released into the wild.
Last week, more than 25 wild reptiles were rescued by the forestry administration in Siem Reap province after officials stopped a passenger bus transporting them illegally to Phnom Penh.
Last month, military police raided a woman’s house in Prey Veng province, seizing more than 330 animals, dead and alive, set to be sold in the illegal wildlife trade, including 17 turtles, 60 small turtle-doves and 203 birds.