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Malaysian police have seized 168 pangolins smuggled in from neighbouring Indonesia and headed for Thailand, state news agency Bernama reported on Wednesday.
Found only in Asia and Africa, the largely solitary and nocturnal pangolin, or "scaly anteater", is sought after in Asia for its meat, which is considered a delicacy in some communities, and for its skin, which is made into handbags and shoes.
Police detained a 32-year-old Malaysian for questioning after finding the animals when they stopped his van near the town of Padang Besar on the border with Thailand, Bernama said.
One of the animals gave birth soon afterwards, it added.
The mammals, weighing 800 kg (1,764 lb) in total, were estimated to be worth 640,000 ringgit ($182,500), based on a market price of 800 ringgit per kg for their meat, police official Ku Yaacob Ku Hamad told the agency.
The pangolins, perhaps best known for their tactic of curling up into a ball to escape threats, were probably headed for...