In a massive action against the illegal trade in animals and plants, the Dutch government seized a huge amount of illegal products over the past months. Among the items seized were 14 thousand dead seahorses, three elephant legs, a polar bear skin, and 77 kilos of scales from the very endangered African ant eater, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality announced.
Customs officers intercepted 60 red flamingos at Schiphol airport. One was dead and three were in a bad state, ANP reports.
The flamingos were being transported from Cuba to China.
All of the birds were seized and taken to an animal hospital for care, a spokesperson for the Dutch food and consumer product authority NVWA said on Friday. The animals were injured in the poor transport conditions.
The inside of the cases weren't sealed properly, resulting in some of the flamingos getting their feet stuck in vent holes.
Dutch food and product safety authority NVWA raided a very expensive Amsterdam fashion boutique this week and seized 105 items of clothing made of leather from endangered species - including shoes, coats, belts, skirts and other accessories made of crocodile, python and anaconda leather, the Volkskrant reports based on a court ruling.
The Dutch authorities discovered over 2 thousand kilograms of coral, skins, skulls and bones of protected and endangered animals in a office building and five warehouses in Brabant. This "record" discovery was made in a wildlife crime investigation launched after the discovery 345 kilos of coral in a shipping container in Rotterdam, the police said in a statement on Monday.
The last bison in the Artis zoo has died at the age of 23 years - a very old age for a bison. The bison cow was part of the international bison breeding program and gave birth to her 10th and last calve in the Amsterdam zoo in 2007, the zoo announced on Wednesday.
The police have found a large number of stuffed and frozen animals in the home of a 63 year old man in Hoogeveen. About 50 animals were seized, including some endangered species.
The court in the Hague decided that road crossings must be made safer for otters. This means that the government has to build tunnels under roads and ledges under bridges so that otters can cross without being hit by cars.
Three Siberian tiger cubs were born in Dierenpark Amersfoort on Friday morning. This is mother Angara's first litter. Mother and cubs are doing fine.
The false gharial, also known as the Malayan gharial or false gavial, that arrived at Amsterdam zoo Artis last year, has passed away. According to Artis, the dominant mating behavior of the male gharial was what killed her.