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May 24, 2021 | 4 minute read
The shipment was declared as “gifts,” but U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialists weren’t convinced. They referred the large cardboard box to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) wildlife inspectors, who peered into the container only to discover baby formula cans lined with aluminum foil. They opened one. Inside was a white athletic sock. Inside that: Terrapene carolina mexicana, a Mexican box turtle tightly wrapped in duct tape. The rare turtle, and 19 more, were being illegally shipped through the United States en route to Asia at the Port of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. Learn more...