Jakarta, Apr 4 (AP) Indonesian police say they saved a sun bear, a clouded leopard and a baby orangutan from the wildlife trade after a tip from conservationists who tracked the illegal activities through Instagram.
Jakarta police spokesman Prabowo Argo Yuwono said Abdul Malik was arrested today in a raid on his southern Jakarta house where the animals were found caged.
The 42-year-old Malik told police he arranged for the purchase of the animals through Instagram messages and paid 25 million rupiah (USD 1,900) for the orangutan, 15 million rupiah (USD 1,125) for the sun bear and 60 million rupiah (USD 4,500) for the leopard.
Yuwono said the police were helped by conservationists who were tracking an Instagram account they believed to be a front for the illegal trade in threatened species. (AP) CPS
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