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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Too Big to Hide

MOSCOW -- Customs officials caught two men trying to smuggle two rare parrots and a baboon into Russia on a flight from Jordan, Itar-Tass reported Wednesday.

The animals were probably intended for sale at illegal pet markets in Moscow, where many exotic species can be found. The animals are popular as pets with Russia's newly rich.

Customs agents at Sheremetyevo Airport's Terminal 2 stopped two Russian citizens Tuesday because they didn't have licenses to import the exotic animals, Itar-Tass said.