Man Arrested for Packing a Drugged Orangutan in His Luggage

A Russian passenger was arrested in Bali trying to leave the country with a drugged orangutan in his luggage. He was stopped at security on Friday night where the two year old male was found inside a rattan basket.

You know the movie plot where a key character appears to be dead and is smuggled out of danger in a casket, only to be revived by the ‘antidote’ to a strange drug cocktail at a key moment later in the film?

The man was carrying “injections and drugs in his bag” that he said he intended to use on the orangutan during a connection in Seoul.

The passenger claims that a friend bought the creature for $3000 and convinced him “that it would be okay to take the orangutan back to Russia to keep as a pet.” Of course he doesn’t explain why,

  • If it was ok that he needed to smuggle the orangutan

  • He also had 5 lizards nad 2 geckos in his luggage

Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar

The man faces up to 5 years imprisonment for attempting to take a protected species out of Indonesia.

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  1. He should have declared the creature was a comfort animal and no one would have been the wiser. He wouldn’t have needed the drugs or needles and would have easily cleared security.

  2. Oh for heaven’s sake! ANOTHER drugged-orangutan-in-the-luggage story? Let’s get back to the politics please!

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