Friday, December 23, 2011

Man Arrested for Smuggling and Taxidermy-ing Endangered Species

The below images are not of mythical creatures... in fact they are parts of rare and endangered animals that were 'Frankenstiened' together... 
Miami 'artist' Enrique Gomez De Molina faces up to 5 years and $250,000 in fines for smuggling the remains of these endangered animals. 
The artist pleaded guilty to illegally importing parts from endangered species to make the unique pieces of art after his arrest in November, reports Miami New Times. According to the report, he is charged with possessing the skins of a Java kingfisher, collared kingfisher, bird of paradise, and juvenile hawk-eagle as well as the carcasses of a slow loris and a mouse deer, all from Indonesia. He smuggled in the parts, skins and remains, from whole cobras, pangolins, hornbills, and the skulls of babirusa and orangutans from areas all over the world including Bali, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and China. 

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