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Two held after 225 pangolins found in Sumatra raid

A forest ranger holds a live pangolin confiscated from smugglers (Binsar Bakkara/AP)
A forest ranger holds a live pangolin confiscated from smugglers (Binsar Bakkara/AP)
Forest rangers display pangolins confiscated from smugglers during a press conference in Medan, North Sumatra (Binsar Bakkara/AP)

Two suspected wildlife smugglers have been arrested after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration, Indonesian authorities said.

Only 110 of the 225 pangolins found in the raid by navy personnel at Belawan port in Medan were alive, ministry of environment and forestry official Halasan Tulus said.

Two men were arrested, he said.

The scaly anteaters, a perennial victim of wildlife trafficking, were destined for Malaysia and worth about 2.5 billion rupiah (£147,000).

Two dozen of the dead animals had already been skinned, according to Mr Tulus.

Wildlife conservation groups say pangolins are the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world.

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