Man Caught Smuggling Tiny Monkeys in Mexico

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A nervous man with a mysterious bulge under his T-shirt attracted attention at customs at Mexico City's international airport. It turns out he was trying to smuggle 18 tiny monkeys.

Mexico's Public Safety Department says in a statement that 38-year old Roberto Cabrera arrived on a flight from Lima, and authorizes discovered the endangered South American titi monkeys after noting his odd behavior and conducting a body search.

Some media reports say the man, who is from Mexico, had the monkeys in tied pouches in a girdle or belt, while others have them hidden in his socks. In any event, authorities say two of the 6-inch monkeys were dead.

Cabrera told authorities he had moved the monkeys from a suitcase to his body so that "X-rays wouldn't hurt them," according to the BBC, which is running a disturbing video of the find, obtained by Mexican authorities.

Cabrera was arrested and charged will trafficking an endangered species.

The Mexican government recently restricted imports of primates. Cabrera told authorities he paid about $30 for each monkey. The BBC estimates he could have sold them for between $775 and $1,550 each.

Photo, Jeff Kubina, flickr
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