Police at the airport in Denpasar on the indonesian tourist island of Bali became suspicious of a 27-year-old Russian tourist who has just passed the security check and asked him to open his suitcase.
sleeping in a basket inside the bag, reports the AFP.
the Police theory is that the 27-year-old Russian stopped in the monkey allergipiller, which caused the animal to sleep deeply.
They found more allergipiller in the bag. There was also a bottle and babyfiltar.
The arrested person says that the orangutan was bought by a friend for him, another Russian tourist, on a street market in Java for 3.000 dollars.
the Friend, who now travelled back home, to have convinced the 27-year-old that there would not be any problem to take with primate home as a pet.
the Police found, however, not only an orangutan in the 27-see her bold fashion luggage but also seven live lizards, two geckos.
The detained Russian is now facing five years in prison and 7,000 dollars in fines for smuggling
. It is estimated a total of around 100.000 individuals left, but the smallest tiger subspecies, tapanuli in Sumatra, and is critically endangered.
Orangutans are attacked sometimes by the villagers who believe that they are causing damage. Poachers capture them and sell illegally.