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Rare Stuffed Turtles Seized at Kuala Lumpur Airport

September 12, 1989

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Sixty-five rare stuffed turtles worth about $3,000 each were confiscated at the Kuala Lumpur airport after being smuggled in from Indonesia, a government official said Tuesday.

Khadijah Othman, director of the National Forest and Wildlife Protection Department, told reporters the turtles were seized last month from an Indonesian bringing them into the country.

The Indonesian told authorities he planned to sell the turtles to souvenir shops.

Mrs. Othman said the turtles cannot be traded except for scientific research and to zoos.

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