Ten arrests for illegal trade of Red Panda hides

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A Red Panda hide. Stockphoto: Red Pandazine

The Nepalese police has arrested ten people suspected of being involved in the illegal trade of Red Panda hides – within one week.

On November 3, four people were arrested in the city of Kohalpur in western Nepal. They tried to sell a Red Panda hide in a guest house. The buyer, however, was a plainclothes police officer, myRepública reports.

Last Monday it became known that six suspects were caught with several skins of Red Pandas in Mahalaxmi, a city in the greater area of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.

Protected species

Red Pandas are protected in Nepal, the possession and smuggling of animals and hides can be severely punished.