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Baby leopards, bears found in bags at Thai airport

BANGKOK (AP) -- Authorities at Bangkok's international airport have arrested a first-class passenger whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were bound for Dubai. 

The man arrested was a 36-year-old United Arab Emirates citizen.  

Anti-trafficking group FREELAND says the man was apprehended early Friday by undercover officers at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport as he waited to check in for his flight. 

Authorities opened his suitcases and found two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys. 

Thailand is a hub for illegal wildlife trafficking, but authorities finding so many live mammals is unusual. Typical hauls are of rare tortoises, snakes and lizards.  

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