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Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016
Bags containing caged animals were abandoned at the Night Safari service gate recently, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said in a Facebook post today (Feb 3).
The animals include prairie dogs, marmosets and cotton-top tamarins, which are critically endangered.
"The animals were probably meant for the illegal pet trade, but something must have gone wrong, and the perpetrators decided to dump the animals," WRS said.
WRS also revealed that it has received hundreds of illegal pets both in this manner or as confiscations each year.
However, it added that it can be challenging to take care of these pets given the limited space and resources.
WRS urged the public to refrain from buying illegal pets, adding: "If there is no demand, poaching will stop."