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Mauritius: 40 tortoises stolen from Pamplemousses Garden

40 tortoises of 9 months old were stolen in the night of Tuesday to Wednesday in the garden of Pamplemousses, in the North of Mauritius.
The same scenario had already happened, with 21 other  tortoises, stolen last March on the site of the garden of Pamplemousses, as indicated by the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.

40 elephantine tortoises may thus be sold and bring the thieves up to 200,000 rupees (5,000 euros).
Since the beginning of the year on the island, many individuals were also robbed of elephantine tortoises.

The police suspect the robberies on a large scale, fueling international traffic and locally orchestrated by a network of professionals meticulous organization.
As a reminder, the tortoises are stolen in the middle of a sensitive axis between Mauritius and Madagascar and would then be sent to Asia, where reptiles are sold at high prices.

Fabrice François

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