Forest rangers caught two men from Myanmar illegally poaching protected species at Thong Pha Phum National Park in Kanchanaburi province on Wednesday.
The men, aged 40 and 23, were apprehended while riding motorbikes out of the national park with shotguns and animal carcasses.
Upon inspecting the catch, officials discovered a 3-kilogram brush-tailed porcupine, a 1.5-kilogram roughneck monitor lizard, and a 2-kilogram flying lemur.
All three animals are classified as protected species in Thailand under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act.
Both men confessed to the forest rangers that they had hunted and killed the wild animals after spending a night in the forest.
When asked what they planned to do with the animals, they informed the rangers that they planned to sell them on the black market. If they failed to find a buyer, they planned to eat the endangered animals.
The men were handed into police at Thong Pha Phum station where legal action will be taken against them.
Source: The Nation