LOS ANGELES – Two Japanese nationals have been arrested at LAX on federal animal smuggling charges for allegedly trying to smuggle turtles and tortoises into the U.S.Authorities seized 55 reptiles which were concealed in snack food boxes inside a suitcase.

And at that very moment I was boarding a plane at LAX myself. I would have gladly stayed and started my tortoise rescue with these little ones. Hope they get sent to better habitats.

Thanks to @karolynprg for the heads up on this breaking news!

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