Two Indian men held at Malaysian airport with over 5,000 turtles

Two Indian men have been detained by Malaysian authorities after they were caught with more than 5,000 smuggled baby turtles.

5,255 red-eared sliders - a semi-aquatic species of turtle - were found in baskets inside the suspects’ suitcases at Kuala Lumpur airport.

The two men, who did not have permits for the animals, were arrested after flying to Kuala Lumpur from the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

They could now face up to five years in prison and a fine.

Officials say the turtles are worth about $12,700 (£10,018) and were intended to be sold as pets in India.

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