- The police in southern China 399 baby Siamese crocodiles were seized. It is an endangered species, reported state news agency Xinhua Sunday.
The approximately 25 centimeters long crocodiles were about fifteen days old and probably traded in Vietnam. Police in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region said they saw three nervous-looking men which goods moved to the front of the house where the crocodiles were found. Agents approached the men for questioning. A man was arrested while two others escaped.
Siamese crocodile skin used for handbags and other luxury leather goods. In China, the reptiles may only be bred with a permit. Trade in crocodiles is illegal.
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China is an important market for many products that are made from exotic and often endangered species.