IVORY TUSKS DISGUISED AS CHOCOLATES

SOUTH AFRICANS INVOLVED, HOPE THEY SIT FOR YEARS.

African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana africana); Chobe National Park, Botswana

The Macau Customs  Service seized 583 elephant tusks, weighing 34 kilograms, with a market  value of MOP580,000.

Two South African tourists were intercepted  yesterday after travelling to Macau from Hong Kong Airport. In their  luggage, they were carrying 15 cartons of chocolate, but its heavy  weight hinted that no chocolate would be found. Instead, 583 ivory tusks  were discovered. According to TDM News, the Civic and Municipal Affairs  Bureau (IACM) confirmed that it was in fact high-quality ivory tusks.  “We tried to use pointed objects to break it. We failed because it was  very hard.

We tried several other methods and at last we soaked it in  hot water. After soaking in water, it was easier for us to peel off the  outer brown layer and discover that it was actually something white and  hard,” Mak Wun Yin, from Customs Service told TDM. The two men will be  referred to the Immigration Department, following the violation of  regulations on endangered species.

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