US Customs seizes 'stuffed animal heads' bound for Philippines

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Aug 07 2014 03:57 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2014 11:57 PM

CALIFORNIA - A collection of "stuffed animal heads" destined for the Philippines has been seized.

US Customs and border patrol officials have seized $9,000 worth of "stuffed-and-mounted" animals after discovering several boxes labeled as animal heads at a port inspection last month.

Items such as mounted and stuffed zebra, wildebeest, bobcat and baboon heads and bodies were bought by whom they describe as a 44-year-old man from the Philippines who "got carried away" while shopping at a Texas based liquidator who was unaware that certain mounted wildlife needed special export permits.

As of now authorities say the Filipino buyer who was vacationing for the first time in the US is cooperating, and was unaware of the export laws.

He has since returned home to the Philippines. However, he may not be able to keep his newly bought stuffed animal collection.

Port officials add that this is believed to be the largest animal trophy collection shipment in the past 30 years.

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