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DENR, NBI raid house storing smuggled animals

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Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Bureau of Investigation raided a house in Pasay City with 300 various animals.

The seized animals included three baby ostriches, 110 sugar gliders, baby kangaroos and 154 cockatoos of different varieties, like Sulphur-chested, Moluccan, and Black Palm.

Authorities also discovered various endangered species including 16 rainbow lorries, and 17 black-capped lorries.

The animals are estimated to be worth about Php 10 million in the market, and were smuggled from Indonesia.

The police currently has taken into custody homeowner Abraham Bernales, and caretakers Joner Bawente, Nestor Turion, and Jose Sandigan.

While, the animals are quarantined at the rescue center of the DENR in Quezon City, due to fear that the smuggled animals, particularly the birds, brought diseases, including bird flu.

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