Shows such as Border Patrol have become popular because it’s interesting to see what Border Security encounters on a regular basis. Sometimes it’s smuggling dried meats, sometimes it’s illegal arms, other times it’s the revelation of tens of people stuffed in the back of a truck. Either way, it makes for some good TV (albeit unfortunate for those individuals who get caught up with them.) The role of Border Patrol is essential as it ensures that only people with the right documentation can enter the country and to prevent those with nefarious means from coming in.
But sometimes the items that are found are a little more ominous and a lot more ‘scale-y.’
Here is the shocking discovery of what Guangxi police found while checking a truck’s cargo.
Along the China-Vietnam border, a truck was stopped for a routine check by the Guangxi police. What they found was a little disheartening.
The officials noticed some inconsistencies between the cargo load and what was documented on the list.
The driver of the truck had earlier submitted a list of the boxes he was transporting across the border. As the police tried to match the list with the boxes they realized something was up.
So they decided to check the contents of the truck. As the officials moved some boxes around they uncovered a frozen carcass.
After rummaging through the 16 sealed foam boxes they discovered a total of 70 frozen Siamese crocodiles.
Siamese or Thailand crocodiles are natives of Southeast Asia. They are freshwater creatures that reside in rivers, swamps and lakes that are heavily forested.
Moreover, they generally feast on vertebrate and invertebrate prey and are considered to be an endangered species. Human hunting along with habitat destruction (for the construction of rice farms) is the main factor in their extirpation.
What is shocking is that along with the 70 frozen crocodiles an additional 88 severed tails were found which indicates that over 150 of these rare crocodiles were killed!
The crocodiles are extinct from almost every country besides for Cambodia. Despite their status as an endangered species, they are still farmed for their skin and meat.
There are some supposed benefits to eating crocodile meat. Some assume it will provide aphrodisiac benefits, others believe it will make them stronger and more masculine. Their skin is commonly made into luxury items such as belts and wallets.
The driver claims that he was merely transporting what he was told was fish from Dongxing to Fangchenggang. He claims he has no idea, and is not involved with the contents of the truck.
The officers seized all the carcasses and have started an investigation into this incident.