After receiving an anonymous tip for an online ad selling baby orangutans, Thai police jumped into action.
The two baby orangutans were rescued after officers posed as a buyer for the endangered animals. The seller was contacted via WhatsApp and according to one Thai man, “They agreed to buy the two orangutans for 700,000 baht and transferred a 100,000 baht down payment to a bank account that belongs to a Thai man.”
The orangutans were picked up by police as arranged outside of a supermarket, where they were dropped off by a motorbike taxi.
Thanks to the quick thinking and fast actions of Thai police, these young primates will have a chance at life. The international trafficking of endangered species is alive and well, though authorities have been running several sting operations in an effort to reduce offenses.