Baboon, lynx, zebra among seized zoo of taxidermy

    Customs agents capture baboon, lynx, zebra stuffed and bound for Philippines from Los Angeles
    Posted on Aug. 6, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 6, 2014 at 3:40 p.m.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Customs officers in Los Angeles have seized a vast menagerie of stuffed-and-mounted animals including a wildebeest, a zebra, a gazelle and a baboon.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced and displayed the taxidermy take with an estimated value of nearly $9,000 on Wednesday.

    They were seized last month at a port inspection when officers found seven boxes with “animal heads” written on them.

    A customs statement says a 44-year-old man from the Philippines was touring the U.S. and got carried away at a Texas liquidator.

    The man says he didn’t know the mounts had to be declared to the federal wildlife officials and required export permits.

    The baboon, a lynx and a bobcat — all full-bodied stuffed mounts — required an additional permit under an international endangered species convention.

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